09 Apr 2013Blog

The Changing of Sentry in Barbados

by Summer

The Changing of Sentry in Barbados takes place every Wednesday at The Garrison Clock Tower, at 11:45 AM until 12 Noon. Admission is free, and if you are looking for a little bit of British History, this weekly held event shouldn’t be missed.

Here’s a bit of the history behind the changing of the Sentry:

When Britain declared war on the French back in 1793, there was a shortage of troops, and to make up the short fall, slaves were recruited. Two regiments made up of 1,000 men each were formed, and they were called ‘The West India Regiments”.

As incentive to enlist, each slave was given their freedom and paid as soldiers in the British army. These regiments served the British Army for 120 years.

The Changing of the Sentry has been around since December 14th 2011, when it was launched to celebrate Tourism week in Barbados.

Our Changing of Sentry in Barbados is similar to the Changing Of The Guard at Buckingham Palace – just on a smaller scale. Below are a few pictures of the ceremony supplied to us kindly by Kaspar Coward. If you would like a preview to what it’s like, just click this link to view a short video on the Barbados National Trust’s website.

Changing of the Sentry

Changing of the Sentry

Changing of the Sentry

Changing of the Sentry

Changing of the Sentry

For regular updates The Barbados Garrison Historical Consortium has a Facebook page with info on latest news about the Garrison Historic Area Project.