1st Cinque Ports Rifle Volunteers Corps of Drums

2010 Review

2010 started with the Corps returning to the City of London at the end of January for a repeat performance (as we did last year) at the Australia / New Zealand Festival. There was a good turn out from Corps members for the march from St Paul’s to the City Church of St. Katherine Cree, the Drum Major having to negotiate yet again the traffic signals at the Mansion House / Bank of England junction, we did however all live to tell the tale.


Monthly rehearsals have been continuing at the Scout hut in Warlingham where we have been polishing our skills for the year ahead.


The second outing for the Corps took place at the end of April at Clandon Park, the home of the Royal Surrey Regiments museum, click on the link above to take you to a report from our venerable scribe.


May the 26th saw the 70th Anniversary Commemorations of “Operation Dynamo” (the Dunkirk evacuations of 1940) at Ramsgate where the Corps Buglers played the Last Post & The Rouse at a commemoration service before heading a small parade of British Legion Standards and a Royal Naval contingent from HMS Collingwood around the harbour. (report and pictures to be published in due course)


May 26th saw the Corps engaged to play at Hurstpierpoint College where a parade commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the formation of the Cadet Force was held. The Reviewing officer was an old boy of the College, Admiral The Lord Boyce GCB, OBE, DL,The Lord Warden and Admiral of the Cinque Ports, and Constable of Dover Castle. Following the parade the Corps provided a “Master Class” for potential recruits to the College Corps of Drums and then Beat Retreat before Dinner. Two Anniversaries


On the first weekend in June, 6 members of the Corps travelled up to Liverpool to assist Peter Foss and his ATC cadets leading the Lord Mayors Pageant & Parade. A very  successful and enjoyable weekend was had by all. Liverpool


Since my last update we have had a very warm day at the end of June at the Lions Club Charity day in Fleet, where we marched around the grounds in our scarlet tunics then a couple of sessions around the music stands and reverted to polo shirt order. We involved as many of the children as we could and our Hon Sec Christine was kept busy handing out certificates to the participants. Some photos of the day can be seen at Fleet Lions Club


Next up was our appearance at Hertsmonceux Castle on the 10th July in support of the Band of the Brigade of Gurkhas for the Beating Retreat Evening on Behalf of the Army Benevolent fund. A few photos are at Herstmonceux Castle


The Corps had a splendid evening out in Dartford for Haley’s wedding on the 14th August, even the sun came out when it was our turn to join the wedding celebrations, and it stayed dry for our display at the Pearly Kings & Queens Harvest Festival in September, we got a bit damp doing the parade to Bow Bells Church though.


The majority of the Corps joined with our colleagues of the Corps of Drums Society for the Lord Mayors Show on November the 13th, we didn’t get wet this year for a change. The Show was a great success a splendid effort by all the participants

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