On Friday 26th June 2015, the High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire (and shipmate), Victor Lucas DL, held a civic reception at his home in Warboys, Cambridgeshire. The guest of honour was the Lord Lieutenant for Cambridgeshire, Sir Hugh Duberly KCVO, CBE, with High Sheriffs from surrounding regions, Councillors and representatives from the local community, including members of the RNA and RMA who were invited to view the ‘Beating the Retreat and Sunset’ Ceremony by the Royal Marines Band of HMS Collingwood.
Shipmates Karl Webb and Graham Murray represented Huntingdon & District RNA whilst shipmates Keith and Maureen Ridley from St Neots & District RNA were accompanied by Harry Bellars, a former Royal Marine. On taking up position around the High Sheriff’s lawn, all VIPs and attendees awaited the arrival of the Royal Marine Band, who were marching from Warboys Town Centre — a real treat for the local residents.
On arrival at the main gate, all were amazed to see that the Royal Marines had sent a contingent of 37 personnel.
A number of the marching tunes were played, including ‘Heart of Oak’ a tune made famous in 1759 following the success of the British against a planned French invasion during the battle of Quiberon Bay, this tune became a naval favourite after the Battle of Trafalgar, and has even been modified by the US Marine Corps as their official hymn (although they state the music was written in 1859).
Various marching formations were seen during the display.
As the display drew to a close, RM Band personnel took up their positions for Evening Colours with the Lord Lieutenant and High Sheriff taking to the dias.
Sea Cadets from Huntingdon and Cambridge Branches were in attendance and one was on hand to lower the Naval Ensign.
After Evening Colours, the Band paid their respects to Her Majesty by playing the national Anthem for the attendees. After seeking permission from the Lord Lieutenant, the Band were granted permission to depart.
All attendees agreed that this had been an excellent display from one of the world’s greatest military band, a fine display to end the High Sheriff’s annual reception.
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