THE Warrant Officers' and Sergeants' Mess of the Royal Tank Regiment last week dined out and said goodbye to the commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel Simon Ridgway and his wife Zoe.

The Mess presented Colonel Simon with his own personalised surf board made by Stuart Marshall.

The regimental sergeant major proposed a toast to the commanding officer and Zoe for the service and support they have both given to the Royal Tank Regiment, its wider family and more importantly to each other, saying: “As the engine room of the regiment we will never forget the immense debt which we all owe to him and to all the officers and soldiers of the RTR who have made this regiment what it is today.”