BeatingRetreatWEBErewash residents have a very special opportunity to witness a historic Beating Retreat and Sunset Ceremony in Ilkeston town centre on 19 June – an inspiring military tradition that will be performed to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War.

The full programme for the colourful ceremony on Tuesday 19 June has now been unveiled and the evening promises to be a moving spectacle for people of all ages – a not-to-be-missed date for the diary.

Residents are being encouraged to turn out in force for the landmark occasion to enjoy an evening of entertainment, to show support for the armed forces and remember those who have lost their lives in war.

The Nottinghamshire Band of the Royal Engineers will take centre stage and will march up South Street into the Market Place playing a popular music programme before the Beating Retreat ceremony.

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.

Councillor Chris Corbett, Mayor of Erewash, says:

“Let’s give a rousing Erewash welcome to the Nottinghamshire Band of the Royal Engineers and show them how much pride we have in this borough and in our military. So join us for this very special event and let’s pack out the Market Place to witness this historic ceremony in what is a very poignant year – the centenary of the end of the First World War. A war in which so many lives were lost.”

The programme is:

6.15pm Ilkeston Brass will be playing on the Market Place and there will be a display of military vehicles and stalls by veteran organisations.

7.10pm Performance by the award-winning Long Eaton-based ladies barbershop chorus GEM Connection

8pm Beating Retreat begins with the Nottinghamshire Band of the Royal Engineers performing a popular music programme before the beating of the drums at sunset to close the ceremony.

9pm Finish

Erewash Borough Council

Erewash Borough Council, Town Hall, Wharncliffe Road, Ilkeston, Derbyshire, DE7 5RP
0115 907 2244
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