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2LI 1971 Queens and Regimental Colours Restored

Since finding the 1971 2nd Battalion Light Infantry Colours in a state of disrepair in the Officers Mess ITC Catterick Maj (Retd) David Jarratt, himself ex 2LI, has worked tirelessly to retake possession of the Colour on behalf of the Regiment. It was only after successfully being allowed to take possession to the Colours that the full extent of the repairs become clear.

Thanks to a grant from the KOYLI Association Trustees the 1971 2LI Colours are now fully restored, encased in museum quality glass cases, and are bound for the KOYLI Museum in Doncaster.

Our thanks to David Jarratt on behalf of all ex 2LI and the Association for overseeing the recovery and restoration of the Colours. With out his diligent work behind the scenes the 1971 2LI Colours would have potentially been lost forever.

David Jarratt writes:

I am happy to report that at long last the original 2LI Colours presented to the Battalion in May 1971, by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, and recovered from the Officers Mess in ITC Catterick over three years ago, have been refurbished and framed. The intent is to display the Colours in the museum in Doncaster on its opening early in 2021.

The cost of the refurbishment and framing was generously covered by funds from the KOYLI Trust, with the blessing of the Trustees.

All the work was done by Frame-Able in Tockwith near York and completed to a “museum standard”. Each tassel has been sewn to the backing cloth, the glass is of museum specification, and the frame is sealed to ensure the longevity of the Colours.

The original timeline for completion was delayed by Covid-19 restrictions, but that was of no consequence as the opening date of the museum has also been delayed.

The Colours were presented on the 7th of May 1971 in Colchester. At the time Lt Col Peter Sibbald, the Commanding Officer took command of the Parade. Major Tony Wilson and Major Anthony Makepeace-Warne commanded No1 and No2 Guards. The Colours were received by Lt Richard Cousens (Queens Colour), and Lt Janusz Heath (Regimental Colour). The Regimental Serjeant Major was WO1 Jimmy Lee.

On behalf of the Trustees of the KOYLI, thank you to Amanda from Frame-Able, for your patience and dedication to this lengthy project.

Cede Nullis

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