Gibraltar (Trafalgar Commemorations)

Defence written question – answered on 11th January 2005.

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Photo of John Hayes John Hayes Shadow Minister (Communities and Local Government) (Housing and Planning)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on activities planned by his Department involving Gibraltar as part of the Trafalgar commemorations.

Photo of Adam Ingram Adam Ingram Minister of State (Armed Forces), Ministry of Defence

A programme of events is planned to take place in Gibraltar during the weekend of 28–30 October 2005 to commemorate the close historic links between Gibraltar and Nelson's victory. In addition to a traditional service of remembrance at the Trafalgar cemetery, these will include a Nelson exhibition, Beating the Retreat and reception, and a Royal Navy Ceremonial Guard Mount at His Excellency the Governor's residence. The Royal Navy will also be invited to exercise their Freedom of the City privileges. In the United Kingdom, the Royal Navy is organising a special programme of events for this year, which is being coordinated with other events as part of the SeaBritain and Trafalgar Festival initiatives to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar.

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