The Navy Band will perform its moving evening ceremony and Beat to Quarters and Ceremonial Sunset on the concourse of the Stanthorpe Civic Centre at 5pm. The ceremony is amongst the oldest of Naval Ceremonies dating back centuries and it reflects the tradition of calling the ship’s company to Quarters and Action Stations when battle is imminent. Ceremonial Sunset reflects the traditional saluting and lowering of the Ensign at sunset. The beautiful Evening Hymn will be performed and with a volley from the field gun the orderlies will fold the Ensign to the tune Song of Australia before dismounting with Waltzing Matilda. A ceremony not to be missed.
Image courtesy D Marsden.