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Display of Physical Training...
This wundertul apectaeot precision and endurance carried out by School, Portsmouth
volunteers of the Conunand, who have been trained I. the P.T.
given by teams from two or more of the Services in a combined effort. This
IN PREVIOUS years the display of physical training has always been
year the Royal Navy and Royal Marines are producing their own show
It would be appropriate here to mention that this is the last appear- ance of Capt. K, C Harry. C.B.E., Royal Navy, the Director of Physical
the first as simple agility exercises per- formed on ordinary Service chairs and
cises en masse and rely mainly on pre- cision for effect. These tricks are not
meant to be very advanced gymnastics but rather exercises well within the
Training and Sports, who has been associated with the PT branch since January. 1923 Actively con- nected with the Royal Tournament as Officer-in-Charge of the Naval Dis-
play Party and Commandant of the Naval Contingent at frequent inter- vals throughout his Service career, he
was in office when the Tournament was reintroduced in 1947 and all officers and men will regard this as a
branches Approximately half are qualified instructors whilst amongst
are drawn from the P.1 Branch and volunteer
special if sorrowful occasion More than a hundred performers
'amateurs" ft o m a II the remainder are seamen, stokers.
signalmen and electrical ratings The Fleet Air Arm is represented and the Royal Marines have a parachutist
taking part A parachutist qualifica- tion is a most useful one as you will
soon realise if you go to Earl's Court in June.
The display this year is in two parts:
scope of the normally agile and fit young man. It is the sheer simplicity of movement and the ease with which
of gymnastic exercise and is not in the normal curriculum of recruits and new entries. However, instmctors in
The vaulting is an advanced form
the Royal Navy and Royal Marines are expected to reach a high standard of performance. These vaults demand a considerable degree of concentra- tion, precision of movement, physical
fitness and courage. Fifty per cent of these vautters having probably never seen a high box or spring-board until two months before the opening night,
of Irving Berlin's music you will be thrilled by a series of dives and somer- saults. The culminating leap. which is a dive and somersault through a paper hoop, always brings.th
e house down.
Four boxes are placed in the corners of the arena and to the strains
one may realise how much hard work and training has gone into the produc- tion of the Navy's contribution.
each performer exercises with his chair which is the main attraction
ground mats, and the second, vault- in exercises over the high box. "Chais tricks" ire, in fact, a series of exer-
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Exercises in Harmony
One of the high-lights of the RoyalTournament is the display by the Women's Services, bringing awonderful combination of feminine rhythm andphysical fitness
IT ALL began one Sunday afternoon when 48 Wrens from all parts of the United Kingdom converged upon Portsmouth eager to acquire the
ancient art of club-swinging and thrilled to be participating in the Royal Tournament at Earl's Court.
training." our first fortnight proved both illuminating and energetic and our time was spent in the barracks
Aptly described as "introductory
gymnasium and on the parade ground. Most of us had heard of Indian clubs
but the only one we had ever seen had been those on a P.T. instructor's shirt, and we had hitherto cherished
the idea that the purpose of a parade ground was for divisions. However. after learning an infinite variety of
joined us. by which time we had become thoroughly familiar with the various feats to be performed on The Day, and to our nautical vocabulary
encing the blistering qualities of the clubs, the light of knowledge dawned upon us. At the end of two weeks the W.R.A.C. and W.R.A.F. contingents
had been added such mysterious terms as
"forward-armpit-forward" and "parallel long and short." These are
around Portsmouth incognito, for the residents surely never suspected the be-stiffened
Tournament! It had been whispered in the Press that we were the "cream
making its way to barracks to be even remotely connected with the Royal
of the Service in physical fitness." but most mornings, on rising, we felt more like skimmed milk, and we feared the
limbering-up exercises, and experi-
moment when our patient instructor would utter the dreaded word "lunge."
such there is, has indeed favoured us, for we have enjoyed our co-ordinated
The guardian of club-swinging, if
training in continuous sunshine, and have had excellent food to sustain
our more-than-healthy appetites. This period has provided us also with the welcome opportunity of getting to
little group painfully During this time we travelled
expressions of the art which in prac- tice were liberally translated by the Wrens.
know our opposite numbers in the other women's Services, and we have
tions as "stand easy" and "secure."
"Skater's Waltz," our practice record. Then, on May 26, arrayed in the smart white dresses we shall wear at Earl's
We have now been joined by the combined W.R.A.C. and W.R.A.F bands, who will provide a welcome variation on the original theme of the
Court. we hope to give to the Directors of the three Services a per- formance worthy of the skill and
moment will be when we march into the arena at Earl's Court as part of the Royal Command Performance to
be given before Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh.
Tournament, we feel that on hearing the strains of the "Skater's Waltz" in future we shall all recall with much
Although everyone will say good-bye with great reluctance at the end of the
oleasure our exercises in harmony
patience lavished upon us by our instructor, P.O. P.T.l. Bland. Finally, we feel that oar proudest
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