PICTURED: Woolwich Royal Artillery Band leave with farewell performance

The Royal Artillery Band led by Drum Major, Staff Sergeant Richard Pantrey.

The Royal Artillery Veterans Band with Colonel Frank Benson conducting

The Royal Artillery Veterans Band with Colonel Frank Benson conducting

The Royal Artillery Band led by Drum Major, Staff Sergeant Richard Pantrey.

The Royal Artillery Band led by Drum Major, Staff Sergeant Richard Pantrey.

The Royal Artillery Band led by Drum Major, Staff Sergeant Richard Pantrey.

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WOOLWICH'S Royal Artillery Band wmarched out of their barracks for the last time at the weekend, after a 250-year association with the town.

This Is Local London: PICTURED: Woolwich Royal Artillery Band leave with farewell performance

They are moving to Wiltshire in April as part of a restructuring by the Ministry of Defence.

This Is Local London: PICTURED: Woolwich Royal Artillery Band leave with farewell performance

They said goodbye with a performance in General Gordon Square on Sunday (Feb 9) which saw former players and current ones entertain the crowds.

This Is Local London: PICTURED: Woolwich Royal Artillery Band leave with farewell performance

The Royal Artillery Band and Orchestra - the UK's oldest - was formed during the Seven Years War, when officers of the Royal Artillery serving in Germany decided they wanted a musical group to play on social occasions. It has been based in Woolwich for almost its entire 252 year history.

This Is Local London: PICTURED: Woolwich Royal Artillery Band leave with farewell performance

Director of music Captain Craig Hallat said: "It has been a privilege to lead this band and perform at major events around the world.

This Is Local London: PICTURED: Woolwich Royal Artillery Band leave with farewell performance

"To be able to take the band to Afghanistan and entertain the soldiers was a highlight of this period of my career."

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4:46pm Mon 10 Feb 14

stellow says...

The RA Band are going to Wiltshire not Wiltshere
The RA Band are going to Wiltshire not Wiltshere stellow
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