If it’s not the re-enactment society, it’s the real thing marching down Main Street on Saturday at 12 noon to change the guard, which they do four times a year.
It’s known locally as Dad’s Army, because the origins of the current regiment basically date back to a defence force in the second world war, engagements according to wiki are described as 1940–1945.
The regiment recruits from the UK, Ireland and the Commonwealth. Some years back, we had Gurkhas on guard outside the governor’s residence when they were here for a posting.
Other strong links are with the Royal Anglians, the Royal Artillery, and the Royal Engineers. Many of the ex-mil people we know and have known were ex RE. My blog post about REs from some years back seems to be an unofficial meeting point for people trying to catch up with each other, or Giblife generally.
But if it’s jokingly referred to as Dad’s Army for home defence, the regiment is also the British Army’s expert on tunnel warfare. There are far more miles of tunnels in Gibraltar (some thirty-odd) than there are normal roads on our tiny bit of space.
The regiment has formed close ties with Morocco, our pal in Gib Reg regularly spent six weeks or longer over there. And, as part of the British Army, Gib Reg has sent serving members to Afghanistan and Iraq.
It has an extremely nice motto.
Nulli expugnabilis hosti: Conquered by no enemy.
In honour of the Royal Gibraltar Regiment, celebrating its regimental day on 28 April.
And the regimental march is that of the British Grenadiers.