Beating Retreat is a tradition that dates back hundreds of years, originally used by Army commanders to communicate messages to their men using a drummer or a trumpeter.

In modern times it has become a major event in the military ceremonial calendar, delivering spirited marches, hymns and anthems.

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Normally the preserve of the British Army, every other year since 1960 the Massed Bands of The Royal Marines have been Beating Retreat on Horse Guards Parade to celebrate the birthday of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and Captain General Royal Marines.

From Forces TV's incredible archive we can now bring you the full programme for the 1970 Royal Marines Beat the Retreat.

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