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June 22nd 2016

A Royal birthday celebration

Derbyshire Army Cadet Force's Band performed at the event

Long Eaton played host to a Beating Retreat event yesterday (21 June) to celebrate HM The Queen’s 90th birthday.

The event, which was held in Long Eaton Market Place, was a joint ceremony being organised by both East Midlands Reserve Forces and Cadets Association (RFCA) and Erewash Borough Council.

The Beating Retreat began at 6pm and included a variety of entertainment such as a performance from The Nottinghamshire Band of Royal Engineers, the Derbyshire Army Cadet Force Band and a rifle and drill display by 126 (City of Derby) Air Cadet Squadron. The Chilwell Military Wives Choir also performed.

126 (City of Derby) Sqn ATC Rifle Display Team

126 (City of Derby) Sqn ATC Rifle Display Team

Phil Giles, East Midlands RFCA’s Derbyshire County Chairman, took a lead role in organising the ceremony. He explained: “We wanted to mark The Queen’s 90th birthday by organising a ceremony that would bring together a range of different organisations and members of the public. It was a fantastic evening that spectators will remember for a long time.”

Beating Retreat events traditionally include musical performances and displays from local Reserve or Cadets Forces showcasing the skills they have learnt through their volunteering journey to date.

“We wanted to mark The Queen’s 90th birthday by organising a ceremony that would bring together a range of different organisations and members of the public. It was a fantastic evening that spectators will remember for a long time.”