On the 22nd September 1989 11 members of the Royal Marines Band Service, RMBS, died when the IRA detonated a bomb outside their barracks in Deal. Over the past 25 years to remember the fallen, the RMBS Rugby Team has played a commemorative game against the Deal and Betteshanger Rugby Club. This longstanding fixture is a poignant and fitting tribute to the men that either died or were injured on that terrible day in 1989. One of the band members injured on that day was a member of the Dover College staff common room.
This year marked the 30th anniversary of the incident. Dover College, that are proud sponsors of the rugby club, were delighted to see that so that many of their pupils that play for the club followed the players out on to the pitch to stand side by side whilst the RMBS drummers demonstrated what makes them so special with an amazing synchronized performance of drumming, ending in the Last Post and a minutes silence. This pre-match ritual is an incredibly emotional moment.
The game is played by a mixture of veterans and younger players and this year Deal and Betteshanger won the game in the dying moments with a late try. Well done to the rugby club for facilitating an amazing day and allowing such a fitting tribute to take place.
We will remember them.