The Cinque Ports RV Corps of Drums in Belgium, August 2017
The Cinque Ports Corps of Drums was invited to take part in The Long Road to Passchendaele
Tattoo in Zonnebeke, Belgium, on 19th August, 2017, with participation in the Last
Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate on Friday 18th.
Seventeen members of the Corps, two accompanying ladies and the Drum Major made the
trip to Belgium, staying at the Peace Hostel at Messines. After playing in front
of the Cloth Hall in Ypres beside the Pipes and Drums of the London Scottish Regiment,
the Corps marched them down to the Menin Gate for the evening ceremony.
The Corps practised its tattoo routine on Saturday morning before going to the tattoo
venue for rehearsals on the showground. The other bands taking part were: the Traditioneel
Jachthoornkorps Gardejagers (a hunting horn band linked to the Dutch MOD), the Band
of Liberation (a Remembrance Band, also from Holland), the Pipes and Drums of the
London Scottish Regiment, the Ypres Surrey Pipes & Drums (a Belgian Remembrance Pipe
Band) and Field Marshal Haig's Own Pipes & Drums (another Remembrance Pipe Band from
Belgium). Also featured at the Tattoo were Alan Bryden on guitar and vocals, and
the singer Isla St Clair.
After an enjoyable and successful tattoo, the Corps returned to the UK on Sunday
20th August. Before leaving Belgium, the Corps visited the Strand and White House
Military Cemeteries where remembrance crosses were placed at one relative’s and three
Royal Sussex Regiment, Cinque Ports Battalion, graves.