On the 19th of March 2024, we embarked on Exercise PAHILO KADAM to develop our knowledge about UK culture and social norms in the UK. This was our first venture beyond the confines of the Infantry Training Centre in Catterick, since our arrival from Nepal. Our destination was the nearby town of Darlington, situated in the heart of England. Darlington captivated both with its charming streets, historical landmarks, and warm hospitality. It proved to be an enchanting voyage of exploration, as I marvelled at the town’s rich tapestry of history, culture, and traditional community practices.

Our journey commenced with a bus ride from the Catterick Garrison Tesco Superstore, ending at the renowned Darlington Railway Station, known for its pivotal role in the birth of the railway industry during the 18th century. Upon arrival, I was captivated by the town’s unique combination of traditional charm and contemporary energy. Walking through its streets felt like a journey through history, surrounded by impressive historic structures and meticulously maintained buildings. The town’s most notable landmark, the Clock Tower, stands tall as a proud symbol of its industrial heritage.

Similarly, we explored the area around the Joseph Pease Statue’s. The statue stands as a tribute to one of Darlington’s most prominent figures and a pioneer of the town’s industrial and political landscape. He was instrumental in the establishment of the railway station. The dignified stance, holding a book in one hand, showcases his dedication to learning and progress. The other hand placed on his hip represents his confidence and resolve.

Our Section Commander showed us the expected social etiquettes of the UK and how to shop and behave appropriately with other people in the community.

Discovering Darlington was an enchanting journey through time and tradition where history, culture and community converge to create an unforgettable experience.

After that, we headed back to Catterick where we visited the police station and other areas of interest in the Garrison. For those with a passion for history, Catterick has fascinating landmarks, from medieval churches and century old houses, the area is a treasure of architectural wonders.

I would recommend everyone to visit these places, so why not plan your next trip to Darlington, the beauty and charm of this hidden gem in the heart of North Yorkshire.

Discovering More About the UK on Exercise PAHILO KADAM
Discovering More About the UK on Exercise PAHILO KADAM
Discovering More About the UK on Exercise PAHILO KADAM