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Military Displays

Volume 409: debated on Friday 18 July 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what major military displays and tattoos will be taking place this year involving HM forces in the UK; and if he will make a statement. [126138]

The major military displays and tattoos in the United Kingdom which involve the armed forces for the year 2003 are in the following table. In addition

RNR Centenary Parade8 MarchGlasgow
Battle of the Atlantic 60th Anniversary commemoration30 April to 6 MayLiverpool
RNR Centenary Parade17 MayLondon
International Festival of the Sea (IFOS)23-26 MayLeith, Edinburgh
Beating Retreat (Household Division)27-28 MayLondon
Queen's Birthday Parade (Trooping the Colour)14 JuneLondon
Royal International Air Tattoo118-20 JulyRAF Fairford, Glocs
Presentation of new Queen's Colour to the Fleet23 JulyPlymouth
RAF Waddington At Home Day28-29 JulyRAF Waddington, Lines
Edinburgh Military Tattoo1-23 AugustEdinburgh
RAF Leuchars Battle of Britain At Home Day13 SeptemberRAF Leuchars, Fife
Iraq memorial service10 OctoberLondon
Lord Mayor's Show8 NovemberLondon
Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance8 NovemberLondon
Remembrance Sunday ceremonies9 NovemberLondon and across the country
1 On 25 October 1999, the Secretary of State for Defence announced in Parliament events that were to replace the Royal Tournament—the Defence 2000 series—25 October 1999, Official Report, columns 696-97. The Defence 2003 exhibition, under the leadership of the Royal Air Force, which was scheduled to take place at the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) at RAF Fairford from 18 to 20 July, has been postponed by 12 months because of recent operational pressures. The RIAT itself will, however, go ahead as planned, with significant participation by RAF aircraft.