Published: 15/04/2017 08:57 - Updated: 15/04/2017 09:12

Dingwall turns out in force for Beating the Retreat showcase

The pipers were led by Senior Drum Major Morgan Danks, who is originally from Dingwall. Picture: Gair Fraser.
The pipers were led by Senior Drum Major Morgan Danks, who is originally from Dingwall. Picture: Gair Fraser.

CROWDS lined Dingwall High Street yesterday to watch and hear the Beating of the Retreat by the massed Pipes and Drums of the Army Cadet Force, Air Training Corps and Sea Cadets Corps.

Now in its 11th year, the first Beat the Retreat event took place in Dingwall in April 2006 and has become a firm favourite in the town’s annual event calendar.

Cadets come from all over the UK every year for tuition at Cameron Barracks In Inverness - the original home of army piping with the first army classes run by the Piobaireachd Society there in 1910.

The annual event has gone from strength to strength and the icing on the cake for the cadets at the end of their week’s tuition is the opportunity to show off their skills with the public showcase in Dingwall.

National Cadet Piping and Drumming Executive Officer, Major Ross Munro said: “After a week of intensive instruction it is great for the cadets to get the chance to put what they have learned into practice and to entertain the public at the same time.”

The Cadets marched off from the Army Cadet Centre on Ferry Road at 2.30pm and marched along Dingwall High Street.

A week of hard work paid off as the cadets showcased what they had learned on the parade through Dingwall. Picture: Gair Fraser
A week of hard work paid off as the cadets showcased what they had learned on the parade through Dingwall. Picture: Gair Fraser

They massed outside the Royal British Legion where the salute was taken by the Depute Lord Lieutenant, Mr David Lockett.

The Cadets then entertained onlookers with a retreat programme.

More pictures in next week's Ross-shire Journal.

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