Military - HMS Andromeda Launch - HM Dockyard, Portsmouth
HMS Andromeda, the Royal Navy's 18th Leander-class frigate, at her launch at HM Dockyard, Portsmouth. She was named by Mrs Gerald Reynold (on dais), wife of the Minister of Defence (administration). The Andromeda, which has a standard displacement of about 2, 000 tons, has an overall length of 372 feet and a beam of 43 feet. It will have a complement of 17 officers and 246 ratings. Her armament will consist of 4.5 inch guns in a twin mounting directed by a fully automatic radar, controlled fire control and gun direction system, a Seacat ship-to-air launcher and anti-submarine mortar. She will also carry a helicopter for anti-submarine use.
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Millennium Dome last show
Visitors to the Millennium Dome watch the 999th and final performance of the spectacular Millennium show in the Dome's Central Arena in Greenwich, London on the last day before it closes. *...Among the 27, 000 who attended the last day was Tony Blair's wife Cherie Blair and their three eldest children. With the doors due to shut for the last time at 6pm, the New Millennium Experience Company, which runs the London attraction, only allowed 27, 000 to come to Greenwich today, but with more than 60, 000 people attending the Dome's final weekend, the year-long visitor figure reached around the 6.5 million mark.
Customs and Traditions - Castleton Garland Day - Castleton, Derbyshire
Forty year old cement tanker driver, Gerald Melody in guise of King Charles is covered by flowers and is riding Charlotte is procession to mark Garland Day on Oak Apple Day at Castleton, Derbyshire. The ceremony actually dates back to pre-Stuart times to Pagan rites. This picture was taken outside St. Edmund's Parish Church, where the flowers were hoisted to the top of the tower and left to wither.
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