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TTA goes off down to London to visit the Queen

What did you get up to last weekend during the mini-heatwave? Maybe you visited friends and family or perhaps you celebrated Father’s Day with a family barbeque? We’re sure most of the staff at TTA did likewise, but for TTA Director, David Coupe, and Director, Rachael Scanlin, last weekend was rather a special and unusual one. Yes, they enjoyed the fine weather like the rest of us, and maybe shared a glass or two of wine or something a little stronger in celebration and recognition, but they did it in our Nation’s capital. What made their experience extra special was that they shared the day with a host of other invited guests on Horse Guards watching the Queen’s Birthday Parade.

So how did the North West leading logistics training organisation manage to get itself invited to such a prestigious state occasion? Well, they were invited of course, by the North West of England and Isle of Man Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association in recognition for our commitment to, and continued support for our Reservists and our wider Armed Forces – work for which we have previously been awarded a Ministry of Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award. David and Rachael weren’t the only North West representatives at the parade though: they were also joined on the day by other invited members of the North West business community and Colonel Ray Hughes, Assistant Commander, Army HQ North West.

What did David and Rachael get up to on the day? Well, the day began with a rendezvous at the Winston Churchill Statue on Parliament Square with their hosts, Mrs Victoria Doran, Regional Employer Engagement Director North West Reserve Forces’ and Cadet’s Association, and husband, Neil Doran, Colonel Mark Underhill and Mrs Debbie Underhill and Colonel Alex Barnes and Mrs Fiona Barnes.

They then made their way to their seats on Horse Guards’ Parade to watch the Queen’s Birthday Parade. After the event ended they were then invited to a Champagne Reception at East India Club, St James’ Square, followed by a luncheon hosted by the Employer Engagement Chairman of East Anglia RFCA and Member of the East India Club, Ian Twinley.

How did David and Rachael enjoy their day in the sun? Well, you’ll have to wait until next week to find out.

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