Ilkeston - Beating Retreat
w/e 10 July 2022

All of this week's pictures were taken with a Nikon D3300

It's four years since the Beating Retreat and Sunset Ceremony last took place in Ilkeston but it was held again on Tuesday 5th July 2022 in the Market Place.

Army Cadet Band

Before the ceremony began the Derbyshire Army Cadet Band entertained the assembling onlookers by playing a selection of music from in front of the War Memorial.
Stalls & Displays

There were a number of stalls and displays in front of the Town Hall. These included SSAFA Derbyshire (top left), the Erewash Branch of the Royal Air Forces Association (top right), the 162 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps (bottom left) and the Army's Search Engineers (bottom right).

Stalls & Vehicles

Stalls manned by representatives of the Royal British Legion (above left), the 348 (Ilkeston) Squadron of the Air Cadets (above right) and the Army Cadets along with three military vehicles (above centre) were nearby.
Guard Of Honour

The main event of the evening began when the Civic Party was piped in from the Town Hall to its position overlooking the arena on the Market Place between a guard of honour of Army, Navy and Air Force Cadets.
Civic Party

Among the dignitaries joining the Mayor of Erewash for the event were the Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire, Mrs Elizabeth Fothergill, and the High Sheriff for Derbyshire, Mr Michael Copesake.
ottinghamshire Band of the Royal Engineers

After the opening speeches the Nottinghamshire Band of the Royal Engineers made its way from the TA Centre on Albert Street and assembled on Wharncliffe Road ready to march into the arena.


Watched by members of the armed forces and more civic dignitaries, the band began its display.
Nottinghamshire Band of the Royal Engineers

They paraded up and down the Market Place playing a rousing selection of music.
Intricate Manoeuvres

They performed some intricate manoeuvres weaving in and out, all the time playing their instruments.


They also paused more than once to play directly in front of the Civic Party and on one occasion even broke into song which elicited a rousing reception from the onlookers. Their marching display as the sun dipped lower in the sky was thoroughly enjoyed by all present.
The Exit

The Band eventually marched back out of the Market Place and into Wharncliffe Road again to be dismissed.
Last Post

With the arena lined by cadets the event came to a close with the Last Post played by a solitary bugler in front of the War Memorial.

Military Vehicles

As people began to disperse and the stalls were dismantled the three military vehicles made their way from the Market Place and back to their base.

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