Cadets Pipes and Drums in Dingwall

Cadets Pipes and Drums in Dingwall

- 18/06/2019

Mrs Janet Bowen, Lord-Lieutenant for Ross and Cromarty, Skye and Lochalsh, attended Dingwall on Friday 12 April to take the salute on the occasion of Cadets Pipes and Drums Beating Retreat.

The Dingwall parade is the dress rehearsal for both Inverness and Edinburgh, and finally before Her Majesty the Queen at Balmoral.

The parade was to its usual extraordinarily high standard and attracted a large turn out. Afterwards at the reception Mrs Bowen said:

I am here personally representing Her Majesty the Queen, who I know is a great supporter of the cadet movement, and for this next bit I’m guessing but I have a pretty good idea, especially a supporter of the cadet Pipes and Drums. Beating Retreat has always been a favourite of Her Majesty and to see young cadets perpetuating this great tradition and mastering the skills and standard of play would delight her.

That was another great parade, perhaps the best of the 12 or so I’ve where I’ve taken the salute, so well done. Dingwall has a proud heritage of bands marching down the High Street, so to see you all today, from all over the Nation coming together to share your well learned expertise with us has been truly memorable. Thank you.

Dingwall has impeccable military links. Today, in the High Street you marched in the footsteps of the Seaforth Highlanders, who in turn merged to become the Queen’s Own Highlanders, then the Highlanders and now 4 Royal Regiment of Scotland. Those past parades have seen departures for war, homecomings, and remembrance for those fallen in battle to give us the freedoms we now enjoy, and always every parade would have been to the skirl of the pipes and the beat of the drums. Today you echo this great history as you march through this ancient town.

But this parade would not happen without the dedicated time and experience of your tutors. You may find the going tough. You may find the attention to detail irritating, but it all pays off in the end. So, on your behalf, and indeed of all those present today, I offer my thanks to your tutors too.

It has been a great honour to be here today. This is my last engagement with the Cadet movement during my time as Lord-Lieutenant; I retire in July and with that the connection is broken in one sense, but not in another: I shall always be a supporter of the cadets and if any of you are going to be here next year then look out for me in the crowds; I’ll be there!

I conclude with offering you Dingwall’s best wishes for you next engagements in Inverness and Edinburgh.

Thank you.

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