Mayor enjoys beating the retreat
They joined guests and pupils, past and present, to watch the 2nd Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment Beating Retreat, a military ceremony dating back to the 16th century when it was used to recall patrolling units to the castle they were defending.
Originally the ceremony was known as ‘Watch Setting’ and the original call was beaten by drummers alone, with fifes, bugles, pipes and other instruments being added later.
Today it is played out in ceremonial form only and is a showcase for the military musicians and soldiers who take part.
The spectacle was conducted by 2 Royal Irish Regiment, Northern Ireland’s only Territorial Army infantry battalion, with a total strength of 450 personnel.