Line-up for the Dover military tattoo show
A TOP team has been lined up to head up next month's Dover Military Tattoo celebration.
Organisers behind the two-day event, which will be held on June 1 and 2 to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, have announced Major Vernon Yates as the events director of music.
Major Yates is also director of music for the Band of The Brigade of Gurkhas based at Shorncliffe, who will perform at the Tattoo.
He will be supported by Norman Rogerson MBE as the event producer and Alasdair Hutton as event commentator.
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Thanet composer David Cole has created a piece of music for the Tattoo. Mr Cole was Director of Music for the Royal Marines Band Service for 32 years.
Other groups already booked to perform at the event, which will take place on the Parade Ground of Connaught Barracks, include the world-famous White Helmets Motorcycle display team, the Tigers Parachute team and the Gurkha Kukri Knife displays.
Massed bands committed to performing include the Band of the Brigade of Gurkhas, The Band of the Royal Engineers and Kohima Band. Members of local cadets units will also attend.
Liese Holden, Marketing Manager for the event, said: "We are really excited with the way the programme is shaping up and with the variety of performances from the massed bands to the White Helmets and Gary Chilton, there is certainly something for everyone.
"Despite this recent poor weather, we are confident the sun will shine over the Queen's Jubilee weekend."
A family fun day has also been organised to take place on the Saturday (June 2).
The military-themed day will include re-enactors, the Homefront vintage double-decker bus, today's Army represented with stalls and displays including a dive tank, an obstacle course, a gun run, a climbing wall, sporting activities such as judo and basketball, and displays of modern day and vintage military vehicles.
Visitors will also be able to find out what goes on behind the scenes of the White Helmets.
The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will have an historic fighter and bomber planes flying overhead and there will be the chance to take guided tours of the historic garrison Fort Burgoyne with members of the Western Heights Preservation Society.
Tickets for the fun day are £3 for adults and £1 for children and half-price if booked alongside an evening tattoo ticket.
See www.DoverTattoo.org.uk. Tickets are also on sale in Visitor Information Centres in Deal and Sandwich and at the Astor Theatre in Deal.