September 18th 2014


Two Reservists from HMS Sherwood have taken part in The Royal Military Tattoo for the first time this summer.

Able Seaman Richard Cooke and Warrant Officer (First Class) Sean Jones, from HMS Sherwood, the East Midlands only Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) unit, took part in strict ceremonial training and rehearsed alongside Naval Reserves from elsewhere in the country over a number of weeks to be up-to-standard to take part in the prestigious display performed at Edinburgh Castle from 7 to 29 August.

As part of Sean’s role at HMS Sherwood, he acts as the Reserves National Ceremonial Training Advisor, and in this instance was asked to work alongside colleagues from the regular (full-time) Royal Navy to organise the Guard of Honour for the Military Tattoo.

Sean, who lives in Ravenshead, Nottinghamshire, said: “We used HMS Sherwood’s base in Nottingham as a central point for training to be organised from, this included us training locally in Chilwell as well as in Edinburgh a week prior to the event commencing.  Overall we trained for five weeks to present the highest standard military guard that would be well-received by the thousands of visitors to Edinburgh Castle and the millions watching on television at home. This is only the second time ever that the RNR have been involved in this event so it was an honour for me to take a central role, particularly as I grew up in Edinburgh as a child.”

Richard who was a member of the Guard said: “At the front of the arena each evening, filled with a great sense of pride, we performed a general salute to the national anthem, with the salute being taken by the attending dignitaries including various members of parliament, ambassadors from other countries and many senior officers in the armed forces. Following that it was a pleasure to see the whole arena erupt and link arms for Auld Lang Syne. I had watched the tattoo numerous times on TV but nothing compares to actually being there. The atmosphere was incredible and the roar of the crowd was amazing. It was a tremendous experience to be stood in front of thousands of people and video cameras beaming the tattoo to millions of people worldwide.”

Traditionally the Guard of Honour has been provided by the British Army, but this year the Royal Navy was asked to be involved instead.

The Royal Military Tattoo showcases the talents of a variety of musicians and performers from around the world. To find out more about this year’s event visit

HMS Sherwood is based at Foresters House, Chilwell, Nottingham and is currently recruiting. To find out more about the unit contact 0115 929 6373 or email