Beating Retreat returns to Esplanade

May 15, 2023

The Army Cadet Charitable Trust (ACCT) Scotland’s flagship Beating Retreat on the Esplanade at Edinburgh Castle made a successful return on Saturday 29 April.

The event saw around 120 cadets from Scotland and beyond come together to entertain an invited audience and members of the public.

This is the first time in four years where Massed Bands from across the Service Cadet organisations have joined forces for this prestigious occasion. The cadets and bands worked hard over the last year in preparation for the excellent performance.

Among those taking part from outwith Scotland were The Band and Drums of Gwent & Powys ACF and buglers from Durham ACF. The bands were led out from the Castle drawbridge by Cadet Sergeant Major Tom Lord of The Black Watch Battalion ACF.

The Band and Drums of Gwent & Powys ACF.

Following the initial display, the Massed Bands returned for the finale, led by Gwent & Powys County Drum Major Meredith. This included the traditional Sunset Ceremony and Amazing Grace.

The Saluting Officer for the event was Brigadier Gillian Wilkinson QVRM who, prior to joining the British Army, was a cadet and Cadet Force Adult Volunteer (CFAV).

HRFCA Chief Executive Brigadier (Retd) Mark Dodson delivered a speech in his capacity as President of the ACCT Scotland.

Brigadier Wilkinson and Brigadier Dodson
Brigadier Wilkinson takes the salute as Brigadier (Retd) Dodson (left) looks on.

In addition to the HRFCA Chief Executive, Deputy Chief Executive Andrew Macnaughton and Head of Engagement Michelle McKearnon were also in attendance.

Michelle attended with some of the directors of the Dundee International Women’s Centre (DIWC).

Marthe Blyth with a Sea Cadet
DIWC Director Marthe Blyth with a Sea Cadet from TS Howe (Leith).
Four cadet musicians
Cadet musicians in action.
  • Gallery pictures: Dougie Johnston.