The County of Salop Steam Engine Society’s  2019 Rally, takes place at Onslow Park, Shrewsbury on the August Bank Holiday, – Sunday 25th August and Monday 26th August – and one of the highlights will be the involvement of 8 Rifles – a Light Role Infantry Reserve.

Edward Goddard, Chairman of the County of Salop Steam Engine Society said: “We are delighted we have signed the Armed Forces Covenant.  We are really excited that this will mean the local 8 Rifles Light Infantry Reserve will join us to provide an Exhibitor stand and provide exciting and interesting activities for families. There will be fabulous KSLI Bugle fanfares – that will thrill many Shropshire people’s memories.

Sheila Stephenson , from 8 Rifles Community Engagement Team said: “ We will be running a Weapons stand that will showcase our full suite of weapons and Siting systems that we use in E Company, we will also have soldiers in Field kit, camouflaged on hand to talk to anyone who has questions, there will be Virtual Reality Goggles that will run through various scenarios, see if you can come up with a plan quickly to deal with each scenario. if you like what you have seen and would like to do more, then there will be an opportunity to get our details on the stand, talk to some of our soldiers about life in the Reserves and what to expect.

Pictured: Tom Sanders, Steam Engine Secretary of the County of Salop Steam Engine Society with Captain Nicholas Vazquez. Rally committee members Don Metcalfe and Michael Llewellyn with the Burrell steam traction engine, and members of  8 Rifles KSLI.