A BEATING Retreat will be held in the shadow of Seaham’s famous Tommy sculpture on Friday evening.

The event will take place at The Terrace Green from 6.30pm.

Beating Retreat has a long tradition dating back to the 1690s, when the beating of the drum was used to order troops to break off fighting and withdraw to the safety of camp as darkness fell.

Seaham Beating Retreat will feature traditional military music performed by the Houghton-le-Spring Pipes and Drum Band and the Borneo Band and Bugles, followed by a parade and fireworks.

David McKenna, organiser and founder of Seaham Remember Them Fund said: “Alongside Armed Forces Day, Seaham’s Beating Retreat helps to connect the community with the history, ethos and tradition of the British Armed Forces. This will be our third year and I am constantly overwhelmed by the support we receive from the people of Seaham.”

The event is free with amusements, a craft fair and food stalls from 3pm.