Veterans Parade and Beating Retreat

Thursday 31st May 2018

There will be a Veterans Parade and Beating Retreat in Conway Square, Newtownards Friday 15 June 7pm.

Veterans Parade image, military helmets, date of event is June 15 2018 in Conway Square, Ards

A spectacular evening pageant of music and veterans parading, featuring the band of HM Royal Marines. This event will honour men and women from Ards and North Down who have served their country at home and abroad.

There will also be family fun in South Street Car Park from 6pm-9pm including face and body painting, medal and circus workshops, climbing wall, an exhibition of military vehicles and a host of other activities.

Timings and the parade route are below:

19:00          Parade, led by the Band of HM Royal Marines and consisting
                   (consisting of approximately 250 Veterans) marches off
                   from Court Square

                   Route: Court Square-Court Street-South Street-Conway
                   Square

19:10          Parade arrives at Conway Square

                   Band marks time while Veterans peel off to either side of
                   Square and take position behind Blair Mayne Statue and TT
                   Memorial respectively

                   RBL and Association Standards take position in front of the
                   raised grassed areas

19:15          Mayor of Ards and North Down – Welcome Speech

                 Representative from RBL – Response

19:20          Band of HM Royal Marines Beat Retreat

19:40          Lowering of the Union Flag followed by Sunset Service

19:50          Band Major requests permission to march off

                   Band marches out of Conway Square

19:53:        Parade marches off