We were asked by the British Army 16th Regiment Royal Artillery to manage a celebration event in Hampshire, which recognised the British Army's Air Defence capability for over 30 years. Guests were invited to witness impressive displays, presentions and speeches and to enjoy a posh dinner and a big knees-up at the end of the day.

The setting

This special event was held at the British Army barracks located on Thorney Island east of Portsmouth. This site, established on the former RAF airbase, was the perfect spacious setting for the large marquee and the outdoor activities.

Drinks reception and presentations

Guests enjoyed mingling and chatting in the marquee, then headed outside into the sunshine where they saw a range of displays and even a flypast from two Apache helicopters!


Following a formal sit-down dinner was a multimedia presentation from the honorary Colonel, where prizes were handed out to some of the most forward looking soldiers. We provided the large screen and audio-visual capabilities to ensure all guests could clearly hear and see exactly what was happening.

Evening party

For the evening party we arranged suitable staging for the 5-piece band and professionally managed the sound throughout the evening. We also transformed the literal blank canvas with bespoke lighting, making sure the visual impact and colour theme was in line with event branding and on brief.

Full Event Management

We managed the internal infrastructure for event including all the power, staging, audio-visual presentation requirements, sound, lighting, even washrooms! And of course, we brought in an exceptional party band to top off an exceptional day!

"Toast provided us with detailed event planning where
everything was considered at our pre-event meetings and they demonstrated flexibility regarding our specific requirements.
Our guests included Falklands war veterans, Chelsea pensioners and personnel from our military contractors and with all of this history in one place, delivering an event as a fitting send-off for the Regiment was crucial. Toast delivered a seamless service."

Richard Jennings, 16th Royal Artillery, The British Army