Beating The Retreat Ceremony Bermuda
This served as a warning to the soldiers to get back to their barracks once the night falls. It was then known as Retreat.
Today it has become an elaborate ceremony with parades performed by the Band and Corps of Drums of Bermuda Regiment and Bermuda Islands Pipe Band.
It takes place at 9pm on scheduled days of specific months and led by The Bermuda Regiment Band in their full uniform with red coats, blue trousers and white pith helmets. The bands with their pipes, bugles and drums perform in front of guests of honor and large public including many tourists who join the ceremony.
Bermuda Beat Retreat Ceremony at Dockyard
The bands initially perform separately, and come together for the evening hymn. Finally the flags are lowered to signify end of the day. The bands march past the guests of honor - The Governor of Bermuda, the Premier, Mayors and other dignitaries.
The ceremony is sponsored by Bermuda's Department of Tourism and Department of Community and Cultural Affairs.
When & how to see the Beating the Retreat Ceremony?
So if you visit Hamilton City on a Wednesday evening during Harbor Nights, you may be lucky to get an additional bonus and witness the Beating the Retreat Ceremony which is also held on Front Street. You will need to find out the day when it is scheduled.
The bands march up and down the Front Street. The street is lit up by flood lights mounted on building roofs on both sides of the street. The reviewing stand around the Flagpole becomes full with guests of honor and dignitaries. The Governor of Bermuda attends with his full military uniform. The Pipe Band performs sword dance as well. Finally they play "God save the Queen" and the flag is lowered. It's quite a show really.
Go there early and take a place opposite to the Flag Pole at the corner of Front Street and Burnaby Street (near Bank of Butterfield head office). This is where most of the actions take place and is the best place to view the show.
If you need further information like the exact dates & venue etc, or the bands participating in the current year, you can contact The Bermuda Regiment. Here are their contact information:
The Bermuda Regiment, Warwick Camp1, South Road, Warwick WK 01, Bermuda
Email (General Inquiries): email@example.com
Email (Band Inquiries): firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone (Regimental Headquarters): +1 (441) 238 1045
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