Pipes and drums will bellow out in Bendigo as the Royal Victoria Regiment Association leads the Bendigo Easter Festival gala parade on Sunday.
The regiment will follow the Dja Dja Wurrung people, council representatives and VIP entrants when the parade starts at 1pm on Easter Sunday.
For one member of the Pipes and Drums, the Easter Parade will be a very special occasion.
Bendigo’s Warrant Officer Peter Barker will be parading for the last time with the Pipes and Drums. He is retiring from the regiment after serving with them for 41 years.
Mr Barker is one of many Bendigo members who have performed with the regiment over the years.
Dating back to 1899, the Royal Victoria Regiment generally performs in Melbourne.
Their Bendigo performance precedes their performance at Anzac Day ceremonies in Melbourne and the regiment’s trip to Scotland in July where they will perform in the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
Drum Major Benjamin Casey will lead the regiment in Sunday’s gala parade.
“The playing group is enthusiastic about participating in Bendigo’s Gala Parade in support of what is a major regional festival,” he said.
“The Pipes and Drums has had a number of playing members from Bendigo, some of whom will be performing with the Pipes and Drums at the Edinburgh Tattoo.”