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Thread #57703   Message #2805951
Posted By: bubblyrat
07-Jan-10 - 03:30 PM
Thread Name: Heart of Oak
Subject: RE: Heart of Oak
Yes, it has been the official "March Past" of / for the Royal Navy for many a year, but not just played by the Royal Marines ! During my 11 years service in the Fleet Air Arm, I played it,as a Volunteer or "Bluejacket" Bandsman on many occasions where a Royal Marine band was not available ( usually due to "Defence Cuts" ). Venues included HMS Heron (Yeovilton), HMS Seahawk (Culdrose) HMS Goldcrest ( Brawdy, near Haverfordwest), HMS Condor (Arbroath) HMS Collingwood( Fareham) HMS Daedalus (Lee on Solent) Titchfield Carnival (Hants) Winchester Fireworks Carnival (Hants) Portchester Carnival (Hants) and "Beat Retreat" at The National Motor Museum, Beaulieu. In fact, I never want to hear it again,as I don't really like it !! Give me "On The Quarterdeck" ( official march past of the WRNS) , "Holyrood", "Blaze of Brass" or "Mechanised Infantry " any day !!! I quite like "Eagle Squadron " and "Aces High" too, but please !! more "Hearts of Oak", or "True & Trusty", or "Pennine Way" or "Marching Sergeants" -- Yucch !!!