This has really gripped my sh*t! A few years ago after the demise of the Royal Tournament, the RNR, courtesy of the legendary 'Grassy' took up Field Gun in order to participate in the Birmingham Tattoo at the national Indoor Arena (held in November each year). This was stopped after 2002 due to budget restrictions and unwillingness to allow further participation for several rumoured reasons passed down from CMR. I've recently seen the advertising poster for this years Tattoo and find that the RAF and the Army are now competing in the Field Gun Comp against each other without any RN participation at this event. This isn't a slur on either of the two services involved, fair play to them, but is there anyone else who thinks it's embarrassing and disgusting that the service who's greatest traditions include this very event has no participation. By the way, this isn't a small event. It runs over several performances during a whole weekend and attracts sell-out audiences to the NIA (where they film Gladiators) for each performance, so it's not a sea cadet open day. It's something that really puts the RN/RNR on the map and into the general public's eye, show's us in a great light and continues a proud tradition.