A newley-retitled army headquarters in Aldershot had a unique visit and delivery on Friday (April 29) from the Red Devils.

To signify that Personnel Support Command, now retitled Home Command (HC), an army three-star headquarters, has reached its full operating capability, the Parachute Regiment freefall team dropped in for a flag-raising and sunset ceremony at Montgomery House.

Excited crowds gathered on the playing fields in Queens Avenue to watch the Red Devils make their first public display jump of 2016 in Aldershot.

Lance Corporal Alex Lilburn took part in his first jump and said: “Nothing compares to jumping into a display, it’s great to represent the regiment and the army.

“The jump couldn’t have been any better – the weather and the crowd, just perfect.

“It is great to be here and be able to support this occasion."

The Red Devils deliver a flag to Lieutenant General James Bashall, commander of the newly-renamed Home Command
The Red Devils deliver a flag to Lieutenant General James Bashall, commander of the newly-renamed Home Command

Lieutenant General James Bashall, Commander HC, was there to receive the flag, which was then raised as headquarters staff and invited guests watched.

There was a short blessing by Father Evans and Lt Gen Bashall said: “It’s great to have the Red Devils here to deliver the new Home Command flag and to have my staff members and invited guests as witness to this exceptional occasion.

“It’s great to let our local community know that we are here as we join the military establishment, which is already based here at Montgomery House.”

The Royal Artillery Band led the celebrations during the sunset ceremony, marking the new beginnings of Home Command.

The Red Devils make a dramatic entrance as they drop in to Aldershot
The Red Devils make a dramatic entrance as they drop in to Aldershot

Shahid Azeem, chairman of Aldershot Football Club , said on Friday: “The military connection with the town is as strong as ever and the ceremony tonight reinforces the commitment the military and, in particular the army, has for the town.

“It is without a doubt that Aldershot is home to the British Army .

“The Red Devils have added an extra element to this special occasion and it was wonderful to see them jump here in Aldershot.”