Final Beating Retreat at Lagan
Representatives of Lisburn
City Council and The Royal Irish Regiment at
the Final Beating Retreat Ceremony in
THERE was a large turnout at Lagan Valley
Island on Saturday for the final ever Beating Retreat Ceremony
by the Royal Irish Regiment's band.
The musical pageant, performed by the Band,
Bugles, Pipes and Drums was one of the last engagements of the
award-winning RIR Band, before its disbandment this November.
Spectators were treated to an evening of
music and pageantry, mixing both traditional and contemporary
"While I am greatly saddened that the Band of the Royal Irish
Regiment will disband this November, the Royal Irish Band
(Territorial Army) will exist hereafter so I am hoping that the
fine Irish tunes will continue throughout Northern Ireland if
only on a more part time basis" said the Mayor, Councillor James
"This is indeed a time of great change but with great
opportunities. May we wish the Regiment our very best and hope
that they will remember they will always have a special place in
our hearts in Lisburn."