Chatham Station Reception and Sounding Retreat, Brompton Barracks, 23rd May 2018
The event will be jointly hosted by 1RSME Regiment and Mid Kent College to show the links and enduring strength of the partnership between the two organisations and to highlight their shared belief in the importance of maintaining strong links with the community in which they work and live.
The drinks reception, in the Royal Engineers’ Headquarter Mess, will be followed by a Sounding Retreat Ceremony performed by the Band of the Brigade of Gurkhas on the Regimental Parade Square. The Ceremony will conclude with the Lord-Lieutenant accepting the salute from the Band of the Brigade of Gurkhas.
Sounding Retreat is an age-old ceremony which has its origins in the early days of chivalry, when beating or sounding retreat signalled a halt to the day’s combat, the return to camp and the mounting of the guard for the night. Today, the Sounding Retreat remains a fixture in the Army’s ceremonial calendar and provides a display of spirited marches, uplifting music, and anthems of special significance.