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Soldiers in marathon swim for injured comrades

Six soldiers are taking part in a marathon 250-mile open water swim in order to raise funds for injured servicemen. They're taking it in turns to swim, round the clock, in a six-day relay at Shepperton Lake in Surrey.

One swimmer, Trooper Clifford O'Farrell, was himself severely injured in Afghanistan and is swimming as part of his rehabilitation.

A soldier swimming.
The soldiers will take it in turns to swim for six days. Credit: London Tonight.
A soldier swimming.
The team hopes to cover 250 miles in total. Credit: London Tonight.
A soldier swimming.
Trooper Clifford O'Farrell was himself severely injured in Afghanistan. Credit: London Tonight.
A soldier swimming next to a canoe.
The soldiers are accompanied round the lake by a safety canoe. Credit: London Tonight.

2012 tournament pays tribute to the Queen

To mark the Diamond Jubilee celebrations of 2012, this year’s British Military Tournament will cover the "life and times" of Queen Elizabeth II, starting with the events of 1926 (the year the Queen was born) and finishing with the current-day military engagement in Afghanistan.

The event is described as the largest display of military theatre anywhere in the world and will include:

  • More than 600 participants (including active servicemen) and 150 horses.
  • The bands of the Royal Marines, the Household Cavalry, the Royal Artillery and the Royal Air Force.
  • The horses of the Household Cavalry competing with the motorcycles of the Royal Signals’ White Helmets over an obstacle course which includes jumps and flaming hoops.
  • A battle re-enactment featuring the Royal Logistic Corps in a dramatic bomb disposal in Afghanistan.
  • The largest massed bagpipe band seen at Earls Court since the Second World War.

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Pictures: British Military Tournament launch

London Tonight has been at the launch for this year's British Military Tournament.

Members of the armed forces rehearsed some of the routines that will be on show when the event takes place at Earls Court in December.

The Pipes and Drums of the London Scottish Regiment give a taster performance.
The Pipes and Drums of the London Scottish Regiment give a taster performance. Credit: London Tonight.
The Queen's Colour Squadron of the Royal Air Force rehearses its continuity drill.
The Queen's Colour Squadron of the Royal Air Force rehearses its continuity drill. Credit: London Tonight.
A horse from the Household Cavalry beats a motorcycle from the Royal Signals White Helmets in a race through a flaming hoop.
A horse from the Household Cavalry beats a motorcycle from the Royal Signals White Helmets in a race through a flaming hoop. Credit: London Tonight.
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