1st Cinque Ports Rifle Volunteers Corps of Drums

2016 Review

2016 has been an unusually slow start for the Corps, we have held our monthly practices in Warlingham which have been well attended and new music for 2016 has been worked up, what we have truly missed is as annual outing in April to The Royal Surrey Regiment Museum at Clandon House in Clandon Park which is now out of operation due to the tragic fire which left the house a burnt out shell and contents of the museum ashes. Our day at Clandon was a day when we would hone our routine for the year and put on a display for the visitors to the National Trust house. The Corps of Drums Society meeting at the end of May gave us a chance to brush up on the music for the coming summer season.


Saturday 25th June and we gathered in Worthing to join in with their Armed Forces Day celebrations, the weather forecast was for showers but we managed to dodge them between our two performances. First up was a 20 minute session in front of the main stage to play a few old favourites in concert mode where we were able to get a few of the local children up to play as many percussion instruments as we had available ably assisted by , Drummers Byrne and Banister. Next was our now well honed routine, marching on to Gallanthia, slow march King of the Fairies, quick march Euterpe, having halted we next stepped off to the 194 -18 medley with drummer Zena Byrne leading the corps into a double snake and circle, returning to our formation with The Londoner medley. Having played our party piece, “The Jigs”. Drum Major Geoff Fairfax MBE having requested permission to march off we stepped off to Sussex by the Sea, always popular with the Worthing crowd.

Some pictures by kind permission of Allison are available @ 2016 Gallery


Saturday 9th July and the Corps were in Ramsgate for the Battles For Victory Drum Head Service and Display. Report will appear ASAP for photos go to 2016 Gallery for some more pictures from Alison


Watch this space and the events page ( Page: Events ) for further news and updates


Saturday 6th August a corps of  16 attended “Music In The Marsh” at the Saddlers Arms in Send, Surrey, in aid of the Queens Regiment Memorial Woodland for Fallen Servicemen  fund raising event. The Corps opened the event at midday with a fanfare and a few of our favourites and later in the afternoon played in the entertainment marque in concert format playing a full range of marches from our repertoire and drummers Byrne & Banister involved the children and a few adults to take part in making a noise with the various percussion instruments we had brought along with us.

With thanks to Alison for the photos on our 2016 gallery page. 2016 Gallery


The weather at the Detling Military Odyssey was kind to us this year wall to wall sunshine, we marched the “Die Hards” to and from their battle field and performed our routine in the main arena. A successful and enjoyable day all round.


Sunday 25th September 2016


Since September 2009 the Cinque Ports Corps of Drums have been wowing them in the Guild Hall Yard in the city of London as part of the Pearly Kings & Queens Harvest Festival Celebrations. Having had the annual call from Doreen Golding, Pearly Queen of the Old Kent Road and Bow Bells, the Cinque Ports Corps of Drums joined the Pearly Kings and Queens in all their finery to assist them with their 140 year Pearly tradition.


A large crowd, which included local dignitaries and guests from the Royal Hospital at Chelsea, gathered in the September sunshine to watch the proceeding. Following displays by May Pole and Morris Dancers the Cinque Ports Corps of Drums formed up ready to make their entrance.


On command from Drum Major Geoff Fairfax MBE the Corps opened with the bugle fanfare “Westminster” before stepping off into the arena to a traditional tune “Mud Cabin”. Having countermarched and wheeled into position facing the V.I.P’s the corps halted ready to encourage the audience to try out their vocal chords. First up was a 1914 –18 medley comprising of, “Tipperary”, “Dolly Grey”, “Hello Hello Who’s Your Lady Friend”, and “Take Me back To Dear Old Blighty”.  Having got everyone in good voice it was straight into a medley of London songs, “Maybe Its Because I’m a Londoner”, “The Barrow Boy Song” and “My Old Man” (said follow the van). During the hearty singing of the Londoner medley the Pearly Kings & Queens paraded or should I say promenaded around the Guild Hall Yard. Next came a Cinque Ports favourite, “The Jigs” a medley of, “I’ll Gang Nae Mair Too Yon Toon”, “Mairi’s Wedding”, and “ The Rakes of Mallow”, finishing with the flute players fingers moving at the speed of light, always a crowd pleaser.


Having completed the display the Corps marched off the Guild Hall Yard to the Sussex medley of, “Sussex By The Sea”, “Let The Hills Resound” and “The Royal Sussex” ready to head the parade to St Mary-Le-Bow (the famous Bow Bells Church) for their Harvest Festival Service.  Marches played down Gresham St, Princes Street, past the Mansion House into Poultry and Cheapside, included some old favourites, “Galanthia”, “The Adjutant”, “The Great Escape”, “Killaloe” and a medley of Kiss Me Goodnight Sergeant Major and Something about a soldier . A few photos @ 2016 Gallery











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