A VERY BRITISH AFFAIR IN ITALY

A VERY BRITISH AFFAIR IN ITALY


Solbiate Olona, 22 November 2007.  The 27-strong UK Contingent at the NATO Rapid Deployable Corps (Italy) treated their Italian hosts to a very British Regimental Dinner on Thursday 22 November.
The dinner, hosted by the HQ’s Deputy Commander Major General David Bill CB, was themed to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the Siege of Delhi.
The siege, which saw Gurkha soldiers playing a decisive part in the British recapture of Delhi in 1857, is a particular source of pride to General Bill in his role as Colonel, The Queen’s Gurkha Engineers.
The evening commenced with a presentation on the details surrounding the Siege of Delhi, before settling down to a traditional Regimental Dinner, albeit with cuisine influenced by the Italian setting.
If the Anglo-Italian blend of culture was not a spectacle in its own right, the addition of musical accompaniment in the form of the pipes played by LCpl Dasharath Gurung of The Queen’s Gurkha Engineers, was the icing on the cake.
Not only did the evening provide an opportunity for the members of HQ NRDC-ITA’s UK community to celebrate in traditional fashion, it also offered the perfect occasion to thank the Contingent’s hosts - and in quite some style too.