1980 The 1st Battalion was warned for fire-fighting duties because of a UK firemen’s strike. 8 ‘Green Goddesses‘, elderly fire engines that had been used in the 1950s by the Auxiliary Fire Service, were delivered to their barracks at Church Crookham. Unfortunately one caught fire before it could be used, causing much ironic hilarity.

A 'Green Goddess' fire engine


The sidebar on the right of this page displays daily-changing historical events drawn from a library of (currently) 560 items.  The number of entries a day varies.  Most days have 2-3.  Some have 5-6.  Some artistic licence and creative thinking has been necessary to ensure every day has at least one entry.

Both the day of the year and the associated entries automatically update daily.  Pictures and/or links to other, more detailed material are embedded in most of the entries and could include video or audio files.  The cycle begins again after 365 days.  The setup is very flexible and entries can be edited or added to whenever required.

The sidebar could be displayed on the homepage of the 2GR website which means people would see it when they land there (e.g. after an internet search).  It could also be added to the most intensively-used pages such as the membership address list and Noticeboard(s) so people going to such pages would see it.  Alternatively the material can be displayed on its own full page as shown below but to my mind that would reduce its impact as people would have to make a deliberate choice to go to that page rather than just seeing the stuff in the margins of navigating round other bits of the site.

HISTORICAL EVENTS FROM THE REGIMENT’S HISTORY

On this day, 25th October, in....

1980 The 1st Battalion was warned for fire-fighting duties because of a UK firemen’s strike. 8 ‘Green Goddesses‘, elderly fire engines that had been used in the 1950s by the Auxiliary Fire Service, were delivered to their barracks at Church Crookham. Unfortunately one caught fire before it could be used, causing much ironic hilarity.

A 'Green Goddess' fire engine