Re: Roger Moore's uniform in Escape to Athena
- From: "William Black" <william.black@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 09 Sep 2007 01:25:07 -0400
<frederick@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
Hm. After further hunting I've discovered that the wearing of
military uniforms by unauthorised persons is still regulated by the
Uniforms Act 1894, although I don't know to what extent the current
text is representative of past law. Section 2 of that Act exempts the
use of uniforms for theatrical performances but does not appear to
exempt use for either film or television, despite it otherwise having
been amended since it was originally enacted. The restriction on
wearing military uniforms also includes "any dress having the
appearance or bearing any of the regimental or other distinctive marks
of any such uniform".
All things considered, I'm not sure where that leaves us! Quite
possibly there were court rulings that clarified what could or
couldn't be done, and by whom; unfortunately, I haven't yet had the
opportunity to access legal reference material closer to the period in
question to find out. Alterations or embellishments might get round
the problem of fooling service personnel that someone was wearing a
genuine uniform, so perhaps the possibility of deceiving the general
public wasn't given much weight. If I get the chance I'll try to get
to the bottom of this once and for all!
Nobody else does.
In the UK re-enactment societies wear British army uniforms from 1680 up to
1956 and nobody cares.
It has been a dead issue since about 1968 when they tried to prosecute some
pop star for wearing an old Victorian military jacket with a set of
distinguished medal ribbons on it, and the authorities were promptly
laughed out of court and the judge made some comment about the person
concerned obviously not wishing to be thought a soldier in the army because
of his hair length.
I've seen things you people wouldn't believe.
Barbeques on fire by the chalets past the castle headland
I watched the gift shops glitter in the darkness off the Newborough gate
All these moments will be lost in time, like icecream on the beach
Time for tea.
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