It was quite a dash after work but we made it over to Exmouth one evening this week to watch the Tinker escort the colours at the annual Royal Marines Beating the Retreat on the sea front.We even squeezed in fish (sausage for me, hate fish) and chips beforehand because how can you go the seaside and not?
If like me you didn't really know what Beating the Retreat meant then look no further, all is explained here
Traditionally played at sunset to recall troops from the battlefield at the end of a day's hostilities and still a wonderful bit of ceremonial that never fails to send shivers down my spine.
The Royal Marines Band from nearby Lympstone on top form and looking top notch in full regalia and the Tinker of course looking resplendent in medals and white beret. I managed a close-up of his chest, the jacket has had to be reinforced to cope with that lot.
Lots of good marching music, Corps of Drums precision stuff and then that moment right at the end when the buglers step forward and play Sunset.
All very shivery and tear-jerking as the sun set over a very wintery looking Exe Estuary.