Beat Retreat spectacular

PUBLISHED: 10:51 19 June 2008 | UPDATED: 09:10 10 June 2010

THE spectacular Beat Retreat ceremony by the Band of Her Majesty s Royal Marines will be performed in Exmouth on the evening of Monday, June 30.

THE spectacular Beat Retreat ceremony by the Band of Her Majesty's Royal Marines will be performed in Exmouth on the evening of Monday, June 30. The performance is free of charge, with a collection for a local charity.

From the 16th Century onwards, the Beat Retreat ceremony has had a fascinating history. It originated in the logistics of early warfare when a drum, then used for all signals on the battlefield, sounded the signal for retreat to warn outlying troops to withdraw to the confines of the encampment before the picquets (or lookouts) were set for the night.

The ceremony now represents a dazzling military pageant, as the Band of the Royal Marines from the Commando Training Centre at Lympstone perform in the Estuary Road car park, watched by VIPs and crowds of onlookers of all ages. They will start playing at 8pm.

The event is hosted by the Chairman of East Devon District Council, Councillor Paul Diviani, and also present will be a selection of civic leaders, officers from CTCRM and senior officers from Police, Ambulance, Fire, Coastguard and Lifeboat services. Also attending will be local councillors, corporate directors and representatives of armed services' associations such as the Royal British Legion, Royal Air Forces Association, Burma Star etc.

Admission is free, but there is a collection in aid of ELF, Exeter Leukaemia Fund. ELF supports the work of the Haemotology Centre at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital. The centre treats the region's blood cancer victims, performs bone marrow transplants and conducts research into the causes and treatment of the disease. The charity is celebrating its 20th anniversary during 2008.

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