The world-famous Royal Artillery Band will be headlining this year’s Armed Forces Day Tattoo in Banbury.
To accommodate more entertainment and attractions, the event, which is being held on June 25, will be moving from the town centre to Spiceball Park.
There will be arena displays, Trooping the Colour, continuity drills, military vehicles, static displays and a flypast by a Second World War Hurricane fighter plane. A Chinook helicopter will fly in and be open for inspection all day.
In addition, there will be a flight simulator and a mini assault course to provide a challenge for ‘the fittest’ visitors.
Demonstrations by Banbury’s Air Training Corps, Army Cadets and Sea Cadets will be part of the arena entertainment.
Banbury beat Blackpool to book the Royal Artillery, which has performed around the world, for the event.
Major Jeremy Burnan, officer commanding the Banbury-based 142 Vehicle Squadron, said: “Last year’s Armed Forces Day in Banbury was hailed as one of the most spectacular in the country. This year’s will be better still.
“We are delighted to join with our community, its cadets and veterans groups, to show what is best about today’s Armed Forces – precision, commitment, excellence and pageantry.
“The squadron will again troop the colour of the Queen’s own Oxfordshire Hussars in a bigger and better venue, thanks to the excellent work of Banbury Town Council.
“Once again, a world-class military band will lead the ceremonies. The Band of the Royal Artillery plays regularly at royal events, the Changing of the Guard and at prestigious venues throughout the world. Banbury is up there with them.”
Flight Lieutenant Karl Kisley, officer commanding 1460 (Banbury) ATC Squadron, said: “This year’s event will focus on the three services showing what they do and the cadet forces will contribute with displays in the arena.
“There will be recruitment stands for the Royal Air Force and the Royal Air Force Reserves from RAF Brize Norton. The Chinook and the Hurricane fly-past will be special.”
The Royal Artillery Band was formed in 1762 and is based at Tidworth Garrison in Wiltshire.