1st Cinque Ports Rifle Volunteers Corps of Drums

2017 Review

2017 started with the usual monthly practice days in Warlingham working on some old favourites and several new pieces the Drum Major had arranged during the winter recess.


Our first outing was to take on the Caterham Scouts, Guides, Brownies & Cubs St Georges Day Parade. We were in luck it was a dry day and not too warm in our scarlet tunics. It was the first outing for Nigel, our new member of the percussion section. The ten minute march gave us a chance to play Medicine & Duty, The Great Escape, Gallanthia, and the Retreat marches.

Having arrived at the church we continued to play a selection from our repertoire static whilst the parade entered the church.





Sunday 4th June

Queens Regiment Memorial Wood

Commemoration Service for fallen Serviceman


Having made it through the twisting lanes of the Surrey countryside we found ourselves deep in the woods just south of Dorking at Holmbury St Mary where the Queens Regiment Association Memorial Wood has been located. Having warmed up with some old favourites, We began by entertaining the gathering throng with The Welsh Medley, Retreat Marches, and The Londoner until it was time to welcome the Ex Servicemen on their return from a charity walk with The “Regimental Bugle Call” followed by “Fall In” and then “Soldiers of the Queen”. We followed this with some further tunes at the halt, Medicine & Duty, 1914-18 Medley, Children's Love, Prussian Glory, The Great Escape and The British Grenadiers.

Moving to the memorial site deeper into the wood for the Commemoration Service we played “Abide With Me” during the laying of wreaths then the Buglers played The Last Post followed by The Rouse after the two minute silence. To end the proceeding we played “Sussex By The Sea” to which the assembled sang heartily along to.

It was all go for us and we next reformed in the at the entrance to the wood and entertained Regimental Association Members and their families playing a selection of marches from our repertoire around the music stands to round the day off.



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Armed Forces Day, the 24th June, saw the Corp this year making their way to Islington to support the Islington Veterans Association. Having arrived at Islington Assembly Hall bright and early and resolving the car parking saga it was time to change and make our way to Islington Green about half a mile down the road. On arrival at the Green the spare Corps drums were piled ready for the Drum Head Service which was to follow the parade. The Corps played Medicine & Duty and The Adjutant for the short parade around the Green of British Legion Standards, Veterans, TA soldiers, Air Cadets and Emergency Service personnel, this was followed by a short Drum Head Service. Following a tea break the Corps formed up around the music stands and played 3 half hour sets of music from our repertoire, heading back to the Assembly hall after a group photo.


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Home.Belgium 2017.Leiden Xmas Tattoo.

The weekend of 18th to 20th August saw the Corps in Belgium where we had been invited to take part in the The Long Road to Passchendaele Tattoo in Zonnebeke, on 19th August, 2017, with participation in the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate on Friday 18th. For a full report go to Belgium 2017 for photos go to Belgium photos 2017 and for an account of our mascot “Little Geoff’s” adventure go to Little Geoff's adventure


Six days after our return from Belgium we were back on parade at our now annual outing to the Military Odyssey event at the Kent County Show ground at Detling. It was another early start and we were able to get some practice in before marching the Die Hards to their battle ground followed by our routine in the show arena. Some photos to be published in due course.