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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 5, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 12 LETHBRIDGt HERALD Thursday, September 5, Young guardsmen spend summer as big attraction in Ottawa OTTAWA (CP) Nineteen- year-old Jeff Ludlow of Mark- ham, Ont, relaxed in a T-shirt on his dormitory bunk-bed Beside him was the scarlet tunic and fur hat that makes him one of the biggest tourist attractions in the national capital Wow' I can t believe I'm really here he remembered thinking the first day he marched to Parliament Hill, led by the Canadian Forces central band Dressed m black trousers, glistening boots, bushy bear- skin and the handsome tunic of the Governor-General's Foot Guards, "it's great to be the centre of attention Jeff said He is one of 120 post-secon- dary students hired for the summer by the armed forces to perform the colorful chang- mg-of-the-guard ceremony be- neath the Peace Tower every morning at 10 o'clock If there isn t much to guard during Parliament s quiet summer months, the show at least perpetuates a sense of British tradition with military precision And thrilling up to tourists a day is only one on a list of duties performed by the summer soldiers A busy morning, beginning at 6 30 includes polishing boots, grooming the uniform and passing inspection for the day's parade Sports occupy the afternoon for most, while others take turns manning sentry posts at the Governor-General's resi- dence, Rideau Hall While only 75 march on pa- rade at a time, extra men are dressed, ready to march in case of emergency Training begins the first week of May at Petawawa, Ont, a forces base 120 miles northwest of Ottawa Herald Youth "We learned everything you'd learn in the regular said Bruce Lacroix, 20, of Ottawa "The structure of the army, first aid, the chemistry and biology of nuclear warfare There s not too much we didn t touch on They also had their hair cut short above the ears Short hair doesn't bother Victor Liboiron, 17, of Mon- treal, but he said some don't take it so lightly "Some of the guys, when they're told to get a haircut, try to wet it down to make it look shorter, or tuck it behind their he said Of the 200 men recruited by radio ads, campus posters and word of mouth, about 160 graduate from the six-week Petawawa session to begin guard training at Rockchffe air base in Ottawa There are two regiments of Ottawa-based Governor-General's Foot Guards and the Montreal- based Grenadier there is spirited rivalry be- tween the two groups Pay is plus room and board for Lethbridge Sea Scouts start off new season A weekend of cannping, rowing and fishing at Park Lake started the new season for 16 members and leaders of the 8th Lethbridge Sea Scouts Camping Friday night through Monday at the provincial site, two patrols practised further boat safety drills, canoeing, rowing and campcraft Regular site inspections each day helped routine chores to be completed as the boys cooked and provided for themselves under adult supervision The Sea Scouts have a busy month ahead including forma- tion of a senior patrol and the first round of an inter troop water polo competition Plans for later this fall include performance of a concert en- titled Tattoo '74 and a winter campout with members hopefully building and sleeping in their own igloos Meetings are conducted at the Citadel gymnasium, 1302 4th Avenue S Saturday afternoons between 3pm and 5 30 p m Additional information available by phoning 328-8611 or 327-0294 the four months between May 1 and Labor Day Drill continues until the sol- diers are ready for the first ceremony, usually the last week of June. 'I made it1" Jeff Ludlow remembered telling himself during his first march to the Hill The experience, he said, was hard to-relate to his memory of the Guards he watched as a boy when his family brought him to Ottawa on a visit "It s really a strange sensa- tion He remembers, too, the first time pretty girls gath- ered to watch him stand sen- try, their eyes popping, tongues hanging "A lot of talk and no ac- tion, said 19-year-old Rob Notman of Montreal "The girls flock around you, taking pictures But they never come home on the bus with us Yet everyone seems to value the unique camaraderie among themselves "Guys who'd never get along in civilian life become friends said Rudy Snel of Ottawa, the oldest guard at 29 Though tensions are inevi- table among men living 36 to a room, morale is high "Somebody's going to get mad if someone steps on an- other guy's freshly polished admitted Capt Steve MacNab, a senior officer, "but we have a very happy organization "They won't remember just the good he said "They'll remember when the chips were down Like when it was cold and rainy and the truck broke down and every- one pulled together "It's a good experience for all young the captain said With feeling Blind Marcia Vmsky, 10, went to feel the animals small garter bnake. 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