Light Infantry and Rifles Association use the Meadow for their 50th Anniversary event
Shrewsbury Town were honoured to host the reunion of the Light Infantry & Rifles Association on Saturday 16th June.
The event was celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Light Infantry and drew 2,000 people to the Montgomery Waters Meadow.
The event, which utilised all the facilities the football club has to offer, included marching bands, military parades, a wide variety of entertainment, and food and drink throughout the day.
This was the fourth time that the Association have attended the Montgomery Waters Meadow and the organiser of the event, Ron Gittings, was delighted by how it went.
“It was probably the best reunion that we’ve held here so far”, admitted Ron.
“It was a special reunion for us because it was the 50th anniversary of the formation of the regiment in 1968, so it was a bigger reunion than we would normally hold, but it was fabulous.
“This is the fourth time and it’s getting better all the time. The guys and girls that come to the reunion have finally accepted this stadium as being the place to hold it and it’s a great place for us to be.
“It’s got everything we need. Lots of car parking, lots of tarmac that we can use as a parade ground, it’s got a place for us to hold our dinners in the evening, a place for the band to change - it could have been built for us really.
“I have just started planning for next year’s reunion and I will do that throughout the year. The staff and I have meetings throughout the year to discuss what we can and can’t do, and I think we have a good working relationship.
“We have a laugh and we have a joke, but at the end of the day we have serious business to conduct and we do it in an efficient and professional manner. Your guys are extremely professional and efficient and I could not do it without them.”
The event was run by our Hospitality Manager, Max Senatore, and Hospitality Co-ordinator, Terri Duncan, and Max was delighted with how it went.
“It was a really enjoyable event for everyone involved”, said Max.
“It was a long day and it was very hard work, but it was worth it because it was a great success. We worked closely with the Association to try and make this a memorable 50th anniversary reunion, and hopefully we have been able to deliver that.
“That week we hosted the Lionel Ritchie Concert, the Reunion and Father’s Day, so that shows the wide variety of events we can host here at the stadium and I look forward to welcoming them back next year.”
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