Beating Retreat – Pipes and Drums of the Army Cadet Force, Air Training Corps and Sea Cadets Corps

Beat retreat dingwall 2016
Beating the Retreat in Dingwall 2016

Dingwall will once again play host to the massed pipes and drums of the Army Cadet Force, Air Training Corps and Sea Cadets Corps on Friday 14 April 2017.

On behalf of Colonel Malcolm MacBean and the Cadet Force Pipes and Drums all are welcome to attend the Beating Retreat Ceremony.

The first ‘Beat the Retreat’ event took place in Dingwall in April 2006 and now has become an annual event in Dingwall’s calendar.

Cadets come from all over the UK every year for tuition at Cameron Barracks - the original home of army piping with the first army classes run by the Piobaireachd Society there in 1910.

The annual event has gone from strength to strength and the icing on the cake for the cadets at the end of their week’s tuition is the opportunity to show off their skills with the public showcase in Dingwall.

National Cadet Piping and Drumming Executive Officer, Major Ross Munro said: “After a week of intensive instruction it is great for the cadets to get the chance to put what they have learned into practice and to entertain the public at the same time.”

The Cadets will leave the Army Cadet Centre on Ferry Road at 2.30pm to march along Dingwall High Street. They will mass outside the Royal British Legion where the salute will be taken by the Depute Lord Lieutenant, Mr David Lockett.   The Cadets will then entertain with a retreat programme.

The event is free and everyone is welcome to come and watch the spectacle.  

Drivers should be aware that traffic may be disrupted for a short time while the cadets march from Ferry Road on Friday 14 April at 2.30 pm to arrive outside the British Legion at 2.45pm.

  • 2.15pm for 2.30pm: Rendezvous – outside the British Legion 
  • 2.30pm: Cadets step off from Ferry Road
  • 2.40pm: Colonel Malcolm MacBean MBE MStJ, Colonel Cadet Pipes and Drums Escorts Depute Lord Lieutenant, Mr David Lockett for the march past
  • 2.45pm: Cadets will perform Beat Retreat Display on arrival outside the British Legion.
7 Apr 2017
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