Regiment puts on the glitz in proud goodbye
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THE British Army may be in retreat as far as Hong Kong goes, but - as was evident in the Government House ballroom - it is doing so in fine style.
Everything was bemedalled and spit and polish splendour as the officers of the Royal Hong Kong Regiment (The Volunteers) held their Mess Disbandment Ball, with Chris and Lavender Patten (sans medals and epaulettes, we might add) on hand to lead things along.
With the regiment having been formed in 1854, the historic evening - which commenced with cocktails on the lawn to the musical accompaniment of the regimental band - bore a hint of nostalgia.
The Volunteers will officially say farewell to the territory in September with a ceremonial march through the streets of Central. The People's Liberation Army might have problems following that!