THE LIEUTENANCY OF KENT ARMS

Lord-Lieutenant takes the Salute at Chatham Station Annual Beating Retreat, 23rd May, 2018

From left to right: Mrs Jane Aston, High Sheriff of Kent; Lt Col Will Robinson, CO 1 Regt RE and  Viscount De L’Isle, Lord-Lieutenant of Kent. (c) Chris Lawson

From left to right: Mrs Jane Aston, High Sheriff of Kent; Lt Col Will Robinson, CO 1 Regt RE and  Viscount De L’Isle, Lord-Lieutenant of Kent. (c) Chris Lawson

The Band of The Brigade of Gurkhas performed a Beating Retreat ceremony at Brompton Barracks following a reception in the Corps Officers’ Mess, given by Lieutenant Colonel Will Robinson, Commanding Officer of 1 Regiment RSME and Holdfast Training Services. The evening reception, followed by the ceremony of Beating Retreat, was an opportunity for the Regiment to thank the local communities and organisations who have supported and worked alongside the Chatham training facility.

The Band of The Brigade of Gurkhas playing “Sunset” as the Union Flag is lowered. (c) Chris Lawson

The Band of The Brigade of Gurkhas playing “Sunset” as the Union Flag is lowered. (c) Chris Lawson

Prior to the event a tea party hosted by Brigadier Matt and Mrs Becci Bazeley was held at Pashley House. Brigadier Bazeley is ex-officio Deputy Lord Warden  and Deputy Constable of Dover Castle in addition to his responsibilities as Commandant of RSME Group.
During the ceremony the Gurkhas performed a Kukri dance – all young Ghurkha men learn the dance to hone their skills in the use of the fearsome weapon, the kukri knife. The ceremony concluded with  Viscount De L’Isle taking the salute from The Band of the Brigade of Gurkhas.