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GREEN HOWARDS MUSEUM CALLS ALL ALMAS TO MARK VICTORY
Calling all Almas! If your name is Alma the Green Howards Museum in Richmond is offering you free entry all next week (22 to 27 September) to mark the 155th anniversary of the Battle of the Alma, the Regiment's first battle honour.
One hundred and fifty years ago, on 20 September 1854, the Green Howards were in the thick of the Battle of the Alma, one of the earliest of the major engagements of the Crimean War - and they have marked the Battle's anniversary with ceremonies wherever they have been stationed.
For a week, the Museum will give free entry to anyone whose name is Alma - and the Museum's Director and Curator, Lynda Powell, will qualify, as her middle name is Alma.
'It's an old family name, passed down through the girls of several generations,' she says. 'It's a great coincidence that I'm now here at the Museum where the Battle of the Alma is so important, so I thought that all we Almas should celebrate!'
Free admission will be offered to anyone who comes with proof that their name is Alma - like a passport or driving licence - and they can find out about the Battle and about the long history of the Green Howards from the raising of the Regiment in 1688 to its present-day role as the 2nd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, now serving in Afghanistan.