In 1801, while the 14th Light Dragoons were based at Canterbury, the regimental band was due to play in Dover, but were found to be drunk.

The band of The 35th Regiment (Later The Royal Sussex Regiment) substituted for them and the Quick March of the 14th was changed to “Royal Sussex” as a lasting reminder to keep sober while on duty. In 1961 the War Office found time to regularise Regimental Marches and made the arrangement official.

You can listen to the ‘Royal Sussex’ Quick March below!