By kind invitation of The Speaker of the House of Commons, the Right Honourable John Bercow MP, representatives of the Brigade of Gurkhas were welcomed at the Palace of Westminster last night, 20 Oct 2015, for a reception in honour of Gurkha 200.
James Gray MP, Founder and Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for the Armed Forces hosted the event which was attended by some 50 Members of Parliament from across the political spectrum. In addition to the Viscount Lord Slim, a number of senior military personnel, including Gen Sir Peter Wall, Gen Sir David Bill, Maj Gen Nick Pope and Maj Gen Craig Lawrence also attended.
In his capacity as Col Comdt Brigade of Gurkhas, Gen Wall presented Mr Gray MP with a ceremonial kukri as a token of the Brigade’s appreciation for the Parliamentary support it has received during the G200 year and more broadly during the course of the Brigade’s service to the Crown.
BG personnel in attendance included Colonel BG, Colonel James Robinson and a number of BG unit Commanding Officers as well as NCOs and JNCOs from across the Brigade.
After an initial reception in the State Rooms of the Speaker’s House, the Band of the Brigade of Gurkhas performed an immaculate Sounding of the Retreat in the Speakers Yard, including the famous kukuri dance.