Nearly 500 visitors joined serving and veteran REME soldiers and special guests to celebrate 75 years since the formation of the REME Corps.

The Museum hosted a special event on October 1st with a range of exciting activities and family events to mark the special occasion. 

A birthday cake was specially designed and showed images of REME soldiers at work, and featured the REME birth certificate – the original was created by a REME Craftsman shortly after the Corps was founded on October 1st 1942, during World War II. The cake was cut by George Pratt, 99 year old founding member, and Craftsman Cunningham, 17, one of the youngest members of the Corps.

Visitors enjoyed music, Museum displays and activities and special guests included World War II re-enactors, Blitz Buddies and the British Legion Bikers. The day also included Colonel Clare Phillips, Colonel REME, giving a speech to mark the historic anniversary.

The event saw an anniversary cake-cutting performed by one of the oldest and newest members of the Corps – founding member George Pratt, 99 and our youngest serving Craftsman Cunningham, 17.

Museum Director Major Rick Henderson said: "The REME Museum proudly celebrated 75 years of the Corps of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers' vital role in the British Army on the 1st October.

The star of the show was George Pratt, a 99 year old veteran and founder member, who cut the giant birthday cake and charmed the ladies. A big thank you to all those people who assisted and visited, helping make the day a very special one.

A young boy in red hoodie touches the wheel of a go-kart. A man in military camouflage bends down beside him. A young girl in a white top looks on with back to camera.

Three young boys look at museum display panel. Man with a red lanyard stands next to them in foreground. A man and woman look on in background. Behind them is a large military vehicle's wheels.

Four men in military camouflage on grass. Two on left crouch down and two on right lean against the front of a military truck. Camouflage netting hung up behind. Green box and various tools open in front on grass.

Veteran wearing medals sits in wheelchair and signs large piece of paper on table. The paper has multiple signatures and messages.

Two layered cake in the colours of the REME flag. REME birth certificate in icing on top. Black and white photos of REME personnel on bottom layer in icing.

George Pratt and Craftsman Cunningham stand behind cut REME cake with other people. All look at camera.

Smiling woman in brown leather jacket holds a piece of multicoloured cake in a white napkin. More people blurred in background.

Woman in REME clothing holding microphone faces side on to camera. Tarpaulin and trees behind her.