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Sham Shui Po Police Camp Passing Out Parade

We had the chance to witness the Annual Camp Passing Out Parade of the Sham Shui Po District Auxiliaries today in Kowloon. The Camp Commander, Mr. Chan, is a friend of my fathers, so we were invited to the event.

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I can't really comment on the occasion too much since I've nothing to compare the experience to, but it involved lots of marching from the groups of officers. As they marched past the audience and the inspecting District Councillor, they had to turn their "eyes right" - simultaneously flicking their heads to the right at the command.

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We were there early enough to watch the rehearsals and the main event, so witnessed the march with the police drummer and later, with a troupe of bagpipers(!) I was a bit surprised to see these tartan-dressed musicians, but then the whole occasion was commanded in English, with the exception of the speeches which were given in Cantonese.

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There was a cocktail reception after the ceremony and most amusing to me was the scrabble at the end of the evening for the bouquets of flowers lining the room, which were going to be thrown away anyway.

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For more photos of the occasion, check out my Flickr set : HK 20090206 Police Parade.


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