The British Military Tournament will be presented by ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and will bring together all the best elements of the world famous Royal Tournament, incorporating them into a new show for the 21st century.
Major General Sir Evelyn Webb-Carter announced a new military tournament to be presented at Earls Court, London -4th and 5th December 2010.
The British Military Tournament will be presented by ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and will bring together all the best elements of the world famous Royal Tournament, incorporating them into a new show for the 21st century. The Tournament will take place on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 December with two performances on each day. All proceeds from the event will go to ABF The Soldiers’ Charity.
Narrated live by Anthony Andrews, with pre-recorded contributions from Joanna Lumley, Stephen Fry and Dame Judi Dench, The British Military Tournament will re-enact key events from the history of the British Army – from the English Civil War to the present day conflict in Afghanistan – within the epic arena of Earls Court. The event is written and directed by Christopher Joll and produced by IMG.
The show will feature 500 troops, more than 145 horses, the world famous Field Gun Run over the walls and chasms of an obstacle course, massed bands, Chelsea Pensioners and Gurkha veterans. The British Military Tournament 2010 will celebrate the 350th Anniversary of the formation of the Household Cavalry and the 150th Anniversaries of the Army Physical Training Corps and the Cadet movement.
We are also delighted to announce that HRH The Prince of Wales has kindly consented to being the Royal Patron of The British Military Tournament.
ABF The Soldiers’ Charity began as the Army Benevolent Fund in 1944. The demobilisation of soldiers after the two World Wars had put an enormous strain on Regimental and Corps charitable funds and highlighted the need for a national charity to give practical help to our soldiers and veterans.
The charity currently raises £7 million per year and helps over 4,000 injured servicemen and women and their families. In recent years they have seen a 30% year on year increase in soldiers, former soldiers and their dependents seeking help.
Hundreds of soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan and Iraq with many more injured both mentally and physically. The human costs of these conflicts are still to be realised. Psychological injuries such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can take up to 13 years to manifest themselves. By 2015 ABF The Soldiers’ Charity estimate they will need to raise £14 million a year to continue its vital work.
Major General Sir Evelyn Webb-Carter said “This will be a fantastic show for the public to enjoy and by attending they will also be providing invaluable support for the work we do helping injured servicemen and women and their families.” Major General Sir Evelyn Webb-Carter is Chief Exec utive of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity.
For information about venue and tickets, please visit: www.britishmilitarytournament.com
For further information about ABF The Soldiers Charity go to www.soldierscharity.org