This year’s Trooping the Colour takes place on 11th June. The ceremony of Trooping the Colour is held annually in celebration of the Sovereign’s birthday (hence it’s also known as ‘The Queen’s Birthday Parade’). But what are the origins and what is meant by ‘the colour’?
It dates back to the regimental flags of the British Army, which were historically described as ‘colours’ as they displayed the uniform colours worn by the soldiers of the different units. A regiment’s colours were vital on the battlefield, providing a rallying point for the troops, where it was easy to become separated.
Congratulations to Laura Ensinger from the University of Huddersfield, the first of this year’s finalists to be announced in the SDC International Design Competition 2016.
The UK final took place as part of SDC’s annual Day of Celebration at the magnificent Merchant Adventurers’ Hall in York. The competition is a key part of SDC’s educational and charitable remit and a vital part of SDC’s relationship with universities and colleges internationally.
With a history going back almost 80 years, a mix of traditional skills, advanced manufacturing technology and the latest materials, Knightsbridge Furniture in Bradford employs over 100 people, with some going back several generations.
Staff at SDC were pleased to be invited recently to visit Knightsbridge, one of the UK’s foremost designers and manufacturers of contract furniture. They are based in an old building on Thornton Road in Bradford, just a five minute walk from SDC’s Perkin House head office. The visit was organised by Bradford Textile Society and included a tour of every stage of the production process from the stacks of newly arrived timber through to the showroom of finished products.