Salisbury Plain army regiment takes over Guildhall Square

Royal Artillery Sunset Ceremony Salisbury July 2016 8 (credit Salisbury BID Spencer Mulholland)

Published by The Spire FM News Team at 6:14am 7th July 2016. (Updated at 7:58am 8th July 2016)

The Sunset Ceremony, led by the Royal Artillery, is a way for the regiment to exercise their freedom of Salisbury.

A Salisbury Plain army regiment has taken to the Guildhall Square yesterday evening (Thursday July 7th), with hundreds going along and watch them in action!

A special Sunset Ceremony was led by the Royal Artillery, as Salisbury's Mayor, Councillor Derek Brown explains:

"It was actually an initiative by the Royal Artillery. Just about this time last year, they were given the freedom of the city of Salisbury. By way of a thank you, they asked if there was something they could do - hold a reception, put on a musical display of some sort - in order to thank the city for bestowing that honour upon them."

The Royal Artillery's Band, based in Tidworth, performed their traditional 'Beating the Retreat', in the year that also marks their 300th anniversary.

As Salisbury's current Mayor is a former soldier himself, Councillor Derek Brown is a spectacle for the city to enjoy:

"Beating the Retreat is a wonderful ceremony. It has its origins steeped way back in the days of history, it's something that I as an individual have enjoyed watching and listening to over many years. The opportunity to bring it to Salisbury now, on our Guildhall Square, for as many people as want to come and watch and listen is very exciting."

The live music, coincided with the City Council's latest Late Night Market.

You can find out more about the market on the Salisbury City Council website at

Here's the gallery of photos from the event:

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