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June 15th 2016

Historic Beating Retreat and Sunset Ceremony in Long Eaton

Long Eaton residents have the chance to watch a historic Beating Retreat and Sunset Ceremony with the Band of the Royal Engineers in the town centre on Tuesday 21 June.

The ceremony promises to be a moving spectacle for people of all ages, giving local residents the chance to turn out and support the armed forces at the event in the Market Place at 7pm.

The Derbyshire Army Cadet Forces Band will perform and a display by the Air Training Corps Rifle Display Team will take place before the Beating Retreat. Various army vehicles and their crews will also be in attendance as well as representatives from ex-service personnel charities. The Chilwell Military Wives Choir will also perform.

The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Abey Stevenson, will be joined at the event by the Lord Lieutenant for Derbyshire, William Tucker;  the High Sheriff for Derbyshire, Mrs Liz Fothergill and other civic dignitaries for the event – which also celebrates the Queen’s 90th birthday.

Councillor Abey Stevenson, the Mayor of Erewash, says: “We look forward to welcoming the Band of the Royal Engineers and to seeing this historic ceremony performed in Erewash. It will be a colourful occasion and I am sure there will be many residents of all ages who will go along to watch and admire all those taking part in this pageant-style ceremony.”

The ‘Ceremony of Beating Retreat’ is a military music ceremony performed in some form by most Armed Forces in the Commonwealth. Its origins date back to an old Army custom of ‘watch setting’, when a gun was fired at sunset to mark the end of the working day. The later formation of regimental military bands developed this ritual into today’s pageant-style Beating Retreat ceremony.

A large crowd is expected for the event so the Market Place will be closed to traffic between the Regent Street and Beaconsfield Street junctions from 6pm to 9pm. Diversions will be in place from the Green along Derby Road and Waverley Street and Fields Farm Road.

“We look forward to welcoming the Band of the Royal Engineers and to seeing this historic ceremony performed in Erewash."