CADETS FROM THE CLASS OF 1960 – HAVING FUN WITH COMMANDANT OF THE DAY!
Special thanks to Victoria Edwards for these submissions from the past…
L to R: Doctor Jack Treddenick (RMC 1960); 4662 Mr. Jean DeGrasse (CMR RMC 1960); CWO 4759 BGen (Ret’d) Stu McGowan (CMR RMC 1960); F/Lt (Ret’d) Len Kubas (CMR RMC 1960); 4800 Colonel (Ret’d) Bruce Morris (RMC 1960); 4956 Mr. Pete Rosewarn (RRMC RMC 1960); Rear Admiral (Ret’d) “Debby” Piers (RMC 1930); 4919 Mr. Barry Hunt (RRMC RMC 1960); 4808 LCol (ret’d) Neil Johnstone (RMC 1960); H4860 Gen (Ret’d) John de Chastelain (RMC 1960); LCdr (Ret’d) Dick Cobbold (RMC 1960) Source
The annual RMC ‘cake walk’ was a stage show on St Patrick’s day performed before cadets and staff. An annual spring stage show was a RMC tradition dating from the 1880. The tradition was revived spontaneously on St Patrick’s Day -17 March 1904 when cadets dressed in green paraded around the college. On St. Patrick’s Day 1905, the distribution of a cake as large as a clothes basket was a reward for putting on the stage show.
Typically acts consisted of bands, costumed characters, comedians, athletes, skits, singers and dancers. In 1948, the cake walk tradition was revived at RMC. The cake walk tradition died out at RMC in the 1970s. Jokes, toasts, the celebration of Irish culture and having a good laugh remain part of the RMC tradition when celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. To turn a plain Irish buntd cake into a St. Patty’s Day cake, simply sprinkle with shamrock cake confetti, green sprinkles, sugarcrafted gold nuggets and/or coins that have been rolled in edible gold glitter.