Cadets Captivate at Beating Retreat

Cadets from all over the UK displaying their music and marching skills on the Esplanade of Edinburgh Castle

Saturday 20 April was a very special night for Lowland Cadets as they joined forces with friends from across the UK on the Edinburgh Castle Esplanade for the Army Cadet Charitable Trust (ACCT) Ceremony of Beating Retreat.

The Beating Retreat, which first took place in 2002 to mark the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, is a culmination of several months of rehearsals, and sees Cadets delight local and international spectators every year with a mix of traditional Scottish tunes, fanfares and a few contemporary numbers as well.

A young Cadet playing the bagpipes during rehearsals for the Beating Retreat

This year’s Beating Retreat was an extra special one for the Sea Cadets Northern Area Band in particular, as this was their first time performing in the ceremony since before the pandemic. 

The Northern Area Band weren’t the only Sea Cadets taking part, as Airdrie & Coatbridge and East Kilbride Sea Cadets were on hand to host the VIP reception in the Castle’s Great Hall afterwards.

Second Lieutenant Callum Mellis, former Army Cadets Scotland Music adviser, conducting the Pipes and Drums on the Esplanade

Very well done to all the Cadets involved in such a special and spectacular event. It’s always wonderful to see such talented young people showcasing their hard work and skills and getting the recognition they deserve for it, supported as ever by dedicated CFAVs and the Professional Support Staff.

Adult instructors enjoying a light hearted photo op during Beating Retreat rehearsals

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