One Day One World Project: 10:00 – 11:00

a smoking goat?

On Saturday 20th September Taffy (formally known as Corporal William Windsor), the regimental goat, came to Ludlow along with the 1st Battalion Royal Welsh who were given freedom of the town to mark the 325th anniversary of the Royal Welch Fusiliers.

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Best Foot Forward

Ludlow mayor Jim Smithers said “As well as being the 325th anniversary of the raising of the Royal Welch, 2014 is the 100th anniversary of the start of the Great War, so this is the perfect time to commemorate the gratitude of the people of Ludlow to the soldiers past and present who have served this country, not least the Royal Welsh Regiment and its predecessors.”

The history of the regimental goat dates back to the American War of Independence when a wild goat wandered on to a battlefield and ended up leading the regimental Colours at the end of a battle.

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Photo Shoot

There are perks to the job too because Taffy gets a two-a-day cigarette ration, (he eats, them as traditionally the tobacco is thought to be good for the coat) and Guinness to drink when he is older “to keep the iron up“.

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Ah! I spy a pub

Lisa of the blog NorthWest Frame of Mind has decided to run a different project over the next 24 weeks. To try to show what is happening in different parts of the world (if you all join in) at a particular time of day. If you would like to participate you have until next Saturday midnight to post a photo or write about what is happening in your part of the world.   This week is between 10:00 – 11:00.  I hope you’ll join in! See links for more details.

Never a dull moment in Ludlow!

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Heyjude

I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

20 thoughts on “One Day One World Project: 10:00 – 11:00”

  1. I never ceased to be amazed at how Ludlow continues to provide such fertile ground for almost any subject. Great idea this time, and the goat looks fine in his regalia too.
    Regards as always, Pete. x

  2. I’ve never heard of a ceremonial goat before, and he’s a cutie all dressed up in his best parade attire. I’m not sure about the cigarette perk though. I’ve heard that goats will eat anything, but surely that can’t be good for him … although maybe the Guinness helps to wash it down 😉

  3. Love these British traditions. How fine they all look in their uniforms, and Taffy the goat looks so proud to be part of the proceedings. A goat eating tobacco and drinking Guinness….now I’ve heard everything! 😀

  4. Never a dull moment indeed. I thought I had heard of a lot of things but never a smoking goat, never mind one that also drinks Guiness 😛 But Taffy looks very well on it…what a wonderful tradition, you captured some great shots here Jude 🙂 xx

    1. Haha, thanks Sherri. When I saw the notice about the goat coming to town I knew I had to go and photograph him for this project! Chatting to the Goat Major after the parade I discovered that the regiment is actually based at Tidworth where my youngest boy is, and not in Wales as I had imagined!

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