Military take part in double celebration
A ROUSING military ceremony fit for the Queen sounded out across Gloucestershire this week.
The Allied Rapid Reaction Corps, based at Innsworth, marked the monarch's Diamond Jubilee and birthday in style.
The celebratory event, held on Wednesday night, included a Beating Retreat ceremony, during which the King's Division Band, with the Drums of the 1st Battalion of the British Army's Coldstream Guards, performed a marching musical program at Imjin Barracks.
The historic military showpiece has its origins in the early years of organised warfare, when the beating of drums and the parading of Post Guards heralded the closing of camp gates and the lowering of flags at the end of the day.
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Military personnel and guests, who included Gloucestershire's Lord Lieutenant Dame Janet Trotter, stood for God Save The Queen.