Cinque Ports Corps of Drums Events, Summer 2008
With members whose combined age totals over 800 years, the Cinque Ports Corps of Drums would probably qualify for inclusion in many museum collections. So it was strangely appropriate that our two main events this summer took place at museums. The first was Beating Retreat at the Historic Dockyard, Chatham, and the second a performance at The Guards Museum in Wellington Barracks, London.
The Chatham event was part of the town’s Veterans Day and TA100 celebrations.
Hundreds of ex-Servicemen and their families were at the Historic Dockyard for this year’s special celebration, the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Territorial Force in 1908. It was also a fundraising event in aid of the Historic Dockyard Trust and the Help for Heroes charity.
After arriving in good time from Knockholt, where we had been supporting fellow Society members The Warlingham Flute Band in the village Carnival procession, we were ready to play our part in the Dockyard event. This consisted of a marching display in the afternoon, and a Beating Retreat and Ceremonial Sunset in the evening with the Band of Her Majesty's Royal Marines Portsmouth, the Kohima Band of The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment and the City of Rochester Pipe Band.
For our first display we played some old standards, beginning with Prussia’s Glory, The Adjutant and Galanthia. Then, after playing Trumpet Tunes at the halt, we marched off to The Great Escape. Judging by the veterans’ applause, they had appreciated seeing and hearing a Corps of Drums. See the You Tube link on the Gallery page.