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May 6th 2014

BEATING RETREAT EVENT WAS A SUCCESS IN IIKESTON

A Beating Retreat Ceremony took place in Ilkeston last week, giving local people the opportunity to see the Nottinghamshire Band of the Royal Engineers perform and learn more about our Armed Forces.

The event, that took place in Ilkeston Market Place, was organised by Erewash Borough Council and East Midlands Reserve Forces and Cadets Association, to highlight the importance of our Reserve Forces and how they work alongside their regular (full time) counterparts to serve our country.

During the event those attending had the opportunity to  see displays from  The 126 (City of Derby) Squadron Air Training Corps Rifle Drill Display Team; Derbyshire Army Cadets and the 348 (Ilkeston) Squadron Air Training Corps as well as the Royal British Legion, both the Ilkeston Branch and the Bikers Branch.

Phil Giles OBE, East Midlands Reserve Forces and Cadets Association’s Derbyshire County Chairman helped to organise the event, he said: “From my point of view the event was a great success. I have received great feedback from many people and we feel privileged that Erewash Borough council invited us to run the event in their community.”

Sue Dunkley, Democratic and Civic Officer, at Erewash Borough Council said: “The Borough Council was delighted that the Nottinghamshire Band of the Royal Engineers agreed to perform the Beating Retreat Ceremony in Erewash especially during this poignant year of commemoration for the First World War.

“The event was made even more special with the involvement of the 126 (City of Derby) Squadron Air Training Corps Rifle Drill Display Team and the Royal British Legion (Ilkeston Branch) and the Biker Branch. We were absolutely delighted with the response from the public to the occasion and reaction after the ceremony was 100% positive. We believe that the sense of occasion touched all ages and everyone was appreciative for being able to come along and celebrate such a wonderful event.”

Simon Worsley, East Midlands Reserve Forces and Cadets Association’s Deputy Chief Executive, also attended the event. He said: “It was poignant that this event took place in the shadow of the Ilkeston Cenotaph; the support from the Mayor of Erewash, local civic leadership and the people of Ilkeston was first class, a reflection of the support the local community has and continues to give the Armed Forces over the generations.”