New details revealed for Ilkeston armed forces sunset parade ceremony

Erewash residents have the chance to watch a historic Beating Retreat and Sunset Ceremony with the Nottinghamshire Band of the Royal Engineers in Ilkeston Market Place on Tuesday, June 19, to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War.
Erewash residents have the chance to watch a historic Beating Retreat and Sunset Ceremony with the Nottinghamshire Band of the Royal Engineers in Ilkeston Market Place on Tuesday, June 19, to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War.

Erewash residents have a very special opportunity to witness a historic beating retreat and sunset ceremony in Ilkeston next week.

The full programme for the event on Tuesday, June 19, has now been revealed, promising a moving spectacle for people of all ages.

Residents are being encouraged to turn out in force for the occasion to enjoy the entertainment, support the armed forces and remember those who died in war.

Mayor of Erewash Chris Corbett said: “Let’s give a rousing welcome to the Nottinghamshire Band of the Royal Engineers and show them how much pride we have in our borough and our military.

“Join us for this very special event and let’s pack out the Market Place for a historic ceremony in a very poignant year – the centenary of the end of the First World War, in which so many lives were lost.”

Ilkeston Brass will open the event at 6.15pm, playing alongside a display of military vehicles. At 7.10pm, the women of Long Eaton’s award-winning barbershop chorus GEM Connection will perform.

The main pageant will begin at 8pm, with the Royal Engineers band demonstrating parade manoeuvres based on the traditional ceremony held to mark the end of the working day, closing with drums at sunset around 9pm.

Councillor Corbett said: “Ilkeston was the first council in Derbyshire to sign the Armed Forces Covenant, and our residents are always very supportive.

“There will be big crowds, so we’re advising people to be there early.”

Erewash Museum will also be open all evening.