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7 May
2021

Scottish Government revises property tax after UK stamp duty changes

first_imgDeputy First Minister John Swinney has announced a series of changes to the Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT) – which will replace stamp duty for homebuyers in Scotland – following Chancellor George Osborne’s amends to stamp duty in his Autumn Statement in December.Among the headline amendments, is the fact that homes in Scotland worth up to £145,000 will not now attract any tax, up from the previously proposed £135,000.For sales between £145,000 and £250,000, a tax rate of 2 per cent will be applied, with the introduction of a new rate of 5 per cent between £250,000 and £325,000.Mr Swinney had previously planned a tax rate of 10 per cent on residential properties sold for between £250,000 and £1 million – prompting concerns that those acquiring family homes could be hit.However, the 10 per cent rate will be applied to properties valued between £325,000 and £750,000.The top rate of 12 per cent – which was previously going to apply to residential properties worth in excess of £1 million – will now take effect from £750,000.The Deputy First Minister defended the Scottish national Party’s (SNP) decision to change the taxes following the Chancellor’s surprise decision to reform UK stamp duty.“The Chancellor of the Exchequer, having had years and years to reform stamp duty land tax, took two months to look at Scotland’s reforms and said ‘that looks like a good idea, I’m going to do that for the rest of the United Kingdom’,” said Swinney (left).The property tax review announced last week by Swinney was deemed disappointing news for buyers and sellers of Scottish homes by estate agency Strutt & Parker.While the changes to the LBTT rates could boost the market for first-time buyers and the lower end of the sector, Strutt & Parker believe that the middle sector of the market will suffer under the introduction of the new house sales tax which will replace Stamp Duty Land Tax in Scotland on April 1.Andrew Rettie (right), Head of Estate Agency for Strutt & Parker in Scotland, commented: “While LBTT will help first-time – the average price of a house in Scotland is £170,000 – it has been widely derided as an unfair attack on families and a punitive tax on aspiration, particularly in the affluent centres of Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen. The changes announced [last week] are no better.“Strutt & Parker backed the Scottish Conservatives’ proposals for the introduction of a mid-tier rate of five per cent between £250,001 and £500,000 and we were hopeful that Mr Swinney would introduce something along those lines but while this review offers a concession to the lower end of the market it is a blow to everyone else and a missed opportunity to provide a fillip to the property. If families can’t upsize because of the increase in tax, they will not sell, leading to a stalemate in the middle of the market, which is really the engine room of a thriving housing sector.”Commenting on the revised LLBTT, Philip Hogg, Chief Executive of home building industry body, Homes for Scotland, said: “We are pleased that the Deputy First Minister has paid some notice to our call for the introduction of a new intermediate band with the five per cent rate for property purchases between £250,000 and £325,000.”Mr Hogg also welcomed additional support at market entry level, but insisted that a healthy, functioning market for all price brackets is needed.“It therefore remains to be seen whether the sharp ten per cent increase for purchases above £325,000 could still prove too punitive on growing families and aspirational movers, leading them to stay put and others unable to progress up the housing ladder,” he added.Knight Frank has welcomed the fact that the Scottish Government has decided to revise the LBTT rates.“The changes will help lessen the tax burden of those purchasing fairly modest family homes in core locations of Scotland,” said Oliver Knight (right), Knight Frank Residential Research.“Under the original LBTT rates, homebuyers in Edinburgh, Aberdeen and parts of Glasgow – where prices for larger family houses tend to be higher – would all have seen a sharp rise in the up-front cost of moving.”“The new LBTT rates mean that the threshold at which buyers will pay more tax compared to the current UK stamp duty system has risen from £254,000 to £330,000,” he added.Edward Douglas-Home, Head of Edinburgh City Sales at Knight Frank, concurred: “The new rates are likely to be welcomed by homebuyers, especially in Edinburgh where the cost of housing is higher relative to the rest of the country. The biggest beneficiaries will be middle income families looking to move up the housing ladder.“The average cost of a detached family home in Edinburgh is around £390,000, rising to a lot more in some parts of the city, such as in Morningside, The Grange and Murrayfield, as well as for the terraced town houses of New Town and the West End. Under the original rates proposed a property of this value would have been liable for a £16,300 tax bill. The revised rates mean the LBTT charge for the same property will now be £12,350 or 24 per cent less.“The new bands should help to keep the market fluid and ensure that the recovery in prices and transactions that we have seen over the few years continues.”property tax Scotland stamp duty January 28, 2015The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Housing Market » Scottish Government revises property tax after UK stamp duty changes previous nextRegulation & LawScottish Government revises property tax after UK stamp duty changes28th January 20150656 Viewslast_img read more

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7 May
2021

Homeowners urged to factor in interest rate rise

first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » Homeowners urged to factor in interest rate rise previous nextHousing MarketHomeowners urged to factor in interest rate riseBritain could be on the verge of seeing its first rise in interest rates in over six years.PROPERTYdrum11th August 20150641 Views People thinking of buying a home or remortgaging their existing property should budget for a potential interest rate increase in the coming months after the Bank of England signified that it expects to see interest rates rise sooner rather than later.UK interest rates have remained at a record low of 0.5 per cent since March 2009, and although any hike to the rate would be dictated by economic data, including wage growth and productivity, over the next few months, the Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney (left), did last week admit that the time for an increase is ‘drawing closer’. It is not clear when the rate rise may occur, but Nicholas Leeming (right), Chairman of agents Jackson-Stops & Staff, is urging homeowners not to take any chances. He said, “Mark Carney has been careful to flag that interest rates will edge higher in the longer term as the economy continues to grow and inflationary pressure on wages increase. “Property buyers should recognise that rates will move towards more sustainable, long term levels and so budget for higher mortgage costs accordingly. Vendors should be aware that any such increases will create resistance to overly high guide prices.”Despite interest rate rises on the horizon, there is unlikely to be a drop in demand for housing in the coming months, according to Rightmove’s Miles Shipside (left). He commented, “The overall demand for housing means that while there are some things that put people off buying a house and moving house such as elections and interest rates, I think overall demand means that people put those things to one side.“Interest rate rises have been at record lows so the only way is up. But even though rates are going to go up, we are still in for a low interest rate environment so if people’s circumstances mean they need to buy, they will do so.”But while the days of record low interest rates look set to be drawing to a close, the Minutes released from last week showed eight of the nine members who sit on the Bank of England’s monetary policy committee voted to keep interest rates at 0.5 per cent for the 77th month in a row, suggesting that speculation that the rate increase could happen sooner rather than later actually now looks unlikely, according to some experts. Simon Checkley, Managing Director of Private Finance said, “No rise in rates, low inflation outlook, upwardly revised growth forecast, reinforces our longer term message that the interest rate outlook is extremely benign, that rates will be staying low for some time to come and longer term rates will move very little. “That coupled with British consumer confidence highest in five years, bode well for house buying. The Private Finance message is buy with confidence if you can afford to, however affordability remains an issue.”homeowners interest rate rise Mark Carney Nicholas Leeming Miles Shipside Bank of England August 11, 2015The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

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7 May
2021

My Home Move’s eWay app

first_imgMy Home Move’s eWay app has become the most ‘popular’ conveyancing choice within Apple’s App Store. It has been downloaded by 3,000 home movers since its launch in May, enabling clients to instantly know what is happening with their move as push notifications send updates directly to the user’s smartphone.Doug Crawford, CEO, said, “We made a bold promise to revolutionise the customer experience of conveyancing and through this app and the enhancements we’ve delivered to our eWay service, we are living up to our promise – as seen in eWay’s popularity and the number of downloads it has received in a few months.“With 66 per cent of UK adults now owning a smartphone, it is no surprise that consumers want to manage their home move on the move. This enables us to exceed client expectations whilst differentiating us from our competitors, as the app makes the conveyancing process even easier to manage.”Free to download, the eWay app also provides access to support materials, videos, forms and case documents located within eWay.software conveyancing app eWay app October 8, 2016The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » My Home Move’s eWay app previous nextProducts & ServicesMy Home Move’s eWay appThe Negotiator8th October 201601,013 Viewslast_img read more

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7 May
2021

Sellers frustrated by Brexit uncertainty

first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » Sellers frustrated by Brexit uncertainty previous nextHousing MarketSellers frustrated by Brexit uncertaintyData collected by software specialist, Reapit, suggest sellers are keeping their properties on the market for longer while waiting for a Brexit decision.The Negotiator18th January 201901,321 Views  Data released by Reapit shows that the number of withdrawn properties in the UK market declined by over 25% in November and December compared to 2017, meaning that more sellers kept their properties on the market at the end of 2018 than they did in 2017, without a sale. Sellers may have been keeping their properties on the market for longer while waiting for Tuesday’s Brexit meaningful vote.Gary Barker“While Brexit uncertainty remains, we would anticipate a continued slowdown in the number of homes listed and sold. For those properties already on the market, sellers will likely hold their listings, waiting to see what happens over the next two weeks.“Perhaps the PM can find a Brexit withdrawal bill that parliament will pass. Otherwise, failing this, sellers can start to focus on the impact of a hard Brexit, or the possibility that Brexit may not happen at all. With a plethora of potential outcomes on the table, market certainty seems to be out of reach in the short term.”While Brexit uncertainty remains, we would anticipate a continued slowdown in the number of homes listed and sold.” Gary Barker, CEO Reapit.“November and December of 2018 saw sales of properties drop by over 50% from the same period last year. Both November and December saw a year on year decline in the number of properties listed. However, December was up 5% over November, indicating the market has slowed, but there are still sellers exploring demand. Some of the increased listings were likely driven by landlords looking to sell their properties before new regulations come into effect.”“Overall, 2018 saw a 12% increase on the number of properties withdrawn from the market before sale, but November and December saw a decline in withdrawn properties while listings declined year on year. This is an indication of sellers waiting out Brexit decision before pulling their properties off the market, riding the uncertainty.“Our data reveals a history of market reactions following significant Brexit developments. Coinciding with negotiation developments between the UK and the EU, Reapit has recorded a 4.4% year-on-year reduction in withdrawals through March 2018 compared to an average increase of 27.9% in the months before and after.”gary barker UK housing market Reapit Brexit brexit and housing market January 18, 2019Sheila ManchesterWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

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7 May
2021

Try Webdadi free for 3 months

first_imgWebdadi has announced a vendor/landlord valuation and viewing photo/video walk through uploader, a new CRM product add-on in response to the nation’s lockdown and fulfil the need to be able to carry out viewing and valuation requests.The new uploader enables an agent to send a link to their client to upload photos and videos from their property, to be instantly uploaded from their mobile phone or PC, directly into the estate agent’s Webdadi CRM system, ready to be approved to go live on their website.It’s a new way to conduct virtual valuations and viewings for prospective renters and buyers. Websites have been updated to allow visitors to request virtual viewings and valuations for live or pre-recorded viewings.“This is an extremely rapid development response to our market’s need at this time and fastest product delivery of its kind, bridging CRM and website seamlessly with an end to end tool for estate agents, property hunters, vendors and landlords at this time,” says Oliver Chapple, CEO at Webdadi.The product is available free for three months.vendor/landlord valuation and viewing photo/video walk through uploader CRM product add-on lockdown viewing and valuations Oliver Chapple Webdadi May 14, 2020Jenny van BredaWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Try Webdadi free for 3 months previous nextProptechTry Webdadi free for 3 monthsThe Negotiator14th May 20200170 Viewslast_img read more

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7 May
2021

Fake Zoopla invoice payment phishing email circulating, agents are warned

first_imgEstate agents who list their properties with Zoopla are being warned to stay vigilant after a phishing email began circulating yesterday sent by criminals hoping to dupe companies into parting with their cash.The email, which is similar to those some agents have received in the past, look credible at first glance and are branded twice with the Zoopla logo. They also feature the portal’s real customer support number and email address.But the text urges agents to pay three outstanding invoices for services supplied by Zoopla and click links to documents hosted on a dubious-looking website for Antarctic exploration enthusiasts, www.waponline.it.Agents are asked to pay their outstanding invoices to ‘ZPG Ltd’ via a European HSBC bank account, funds which they are clearly unlikely to ever see again.But although the links within the email go to what appears to be the Zoopla Pro login page, in reality it’s a cloned version designed to trick agents into revealing their login details.The scammers will then login into an agency’s Pro account and harvest sensitive data.Agents should watch out for emails with the subject line ‘Zoopla Invoices from Zoopla Property Group’ flagged up as urgent within their inboxes.The agents who sent us the email, who doesn’t wish to identified, says they believe the scammers are targeting agents via their social media profiles.“We’re aware that online fraudsters are targeting portal users with phishing emails in an effort to get them to share login details. The security of our agent partners is a key priority for us and regularly share with them advice on how to keep their businesses secure. If any agent does have concerns they can contact their Account Manager who will be happy to help them,” says a Zoopla spokesperson.The fake emailphishing email Zoopla June 11, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Fake Zoopla invoice payment phishing email circulating, agents are warned previous nextRegulation & LawFake Zoopla invoice payment phishing email circulating, agents are warnedCredible-looking emails asking agents to pay outstanding invoices to an HSBC account are designed to also dupe agents into revealing their Zoopla Pro account logins.Nigel Lewis11th June 202001,508 Viewslast_img read more

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7 May
2021

Another estate agency launches off the high street – with big-tech funding

first_imgA former high street estate agent in Cheshire has launched a hybrid agency backed with an investment from a leading software developer.Hale Homes will be covering the prime Manchester suburbs of Hale, Barns and Bowden.It has the backing of ICX4, an Altrincham and Delhi-based business data firm that specialises, among other things, in Know Your Client due diligence.Hale Homes founder Jackie Atkins says her agency launch follows 12 years spent working for agencies in the region including Gascoigne Halman and Jordan Fishwick, and before that a career in property development.Not on the high streetAtkins has taken the increasingly common decision not to open a branch, claiming physical offices are no longer a key focus for customers when choosing an estate agent.“No-one wants to peer at properties through estate agents’ windows or make unnecessary office visits in the light of the Covid-19 threat,” she says.“I meet clients face-to-face, outside, or in a lovely coffee shop, to get a good feel for the area or at their home – wherever they feel most comfortable.“We will combine the best of a traditional estate agent – the local knowledge, property sale expertise and the best in customer service – with the simplicity and speed of an online operation – a bricks and mortar agency without the bricks and mortar.“I have been a property customer in Hale myself and customer service often falls short of my expectations – our service is built around meeting my high standards and redefining what customers should expect from their estate agent.”Visit Hale Homes.Hale Homes Jackie Atkins hybrid agencies October 9, 2020Nigel Lewis3 commentsmark flynn, Julian Marks Julian Marks 9th October 2020 at 9:21 amIs it really any surprise that yet another internet agent opens with the comment ‘no-one wants to visit a physical office’. Funny that as we are busier than ever with our High Street office and in our area we have seen about half a dozen ‘one hit wonder’ internet agents come and go in the past 2 years. Hey ho!Log in to ReplyAdam McHenry, Cadman Homes Cadman Homes 9th October 2020 at 8:45 amWith respect I wish her luck, however the amount of walk ins we get is still very viable in terms of valuations, clients and potential clients asking for advice and helps with our community pledges like the scouts post and various things we do for the elderly and other social groups.Photocopying things for people, clients dropping solicitors paperwork in etc.. If you’re off the high street then yes, there is a massive cost saving and you can work from home without the constraints of “the day job”, and yes it’s not essential anymore, but really you re no different to the purple one, and if you have a usp be careful, if the corporate online giant nicks it you’ll get crowded out.Log in to ReplyAndrew Stanton, CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist 9th October 2020 at 8:38 amIn time as in other industries all real estate agency operations will be more tech based, automated systems allowing the consummate property professionals more face to face time, even if it is via a digital screen. Not sure if boutique coffee shop approach is going to be a Covid reality any time soon unfortunately, but the idea of agile new businesses setting up with experienced property people at the helm is an increasing feature.Having the clout of a tech business is also an interesting development, might we see Amazon Estate Agents sooner than we think? Watch this space.Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Another estate agency launches off the high street – with big-tech funding previous nextAgencies & PeopleAnother estate agency launches off the high street – with big-tech fundingEstate agency Hale Homes is being launched by a former high street agent who now claims that ‘no one wants to visit physical branches’.Nigel Lewis9th October 20203 Comments2,384 Viewslast_img read more

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7 May
2021

OFFICIAL: 2020 has been busiest year for a decade for estate agents

first_imgIn March few estate agents would have predicted that 2020 has turned to be the busiest for a decade, and yet today Propertymark has revealed that 2020 has seen activity not witnessed since 2010.Member agents have reported an average of 403 house buyers registered per branch this year, up from 320 last year. And LSL, operator of Reeds Rains, Your Move and Marsh & Parsons and other brands, this morning has said that its sales exchange pipeline (at 31 October) was the highest for the Group in over ten years and was more than 50% above the same date in 2019.This is higher than the previous record of 379 in 2015. In 2010 it was just 260 and the kind of growth during 2020 that few other industries have enjoyed.And if economists are wondering why house prices have continued to rise this year despite the pandemic lockdowns, then Propertymark’s figures also show why.Estate agentsEach estate agency branch this year has had just 39 properties available to buy, down from 63 per branch in 2010. and sales have been booming too – at ten per branch, the highest figure over the past decade.“Both the sales and rental markets have remained remarkably resilient throughout this trying year, despite market closure between March and May,” says Mark Hayward (left), the new Chief Policy Advisor at Propertymark.“The prioritisation by the government of a functioning property market and subsequent implementation of the stamp duty holiday as well as measures taken to keep the rent flowing within the private rental sector, have allowed for record breaking levels of house sales and rental accommodation.“We are confident this boom will continue through the new year but grow increasingly concerned about the impact of the stamp duty cliff edge on 31st March 2021.”Mark Hayward house sales propertymark December 10, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Housing Market » OFFICIAL: 2020 has been busiest year for a decade for estate agents previous nextHousing MarketOFFICIAL: 2020 has been busiest year for a decade for estate agentsIndustry activity has ramped up to unexpected levels this year for agents despite three months of lockdown, says Propertymark.Nigel Lewis10th December 20200410 Viewslast_img read more

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4 May
2021

Royal Windsor Horse Show is a Go at Windsor Castle For 2021

first_imgThe organizers of Royal Windsor Horse Show have confirmed that the show will take place from Thursday July 1st to Sunday July 4th this year.“We are looking forward to running a near-as-normal show at Windsor in July,” said Show Director, Simon Brooks-Ward. “The start of this year has been difficult for all live events, but recent government announcements have given us the confidence to go full steam ahead with the organising of Royal Windsor, which includes planning for an audience.”All competition will be carried out with the emphasis being on competitors’ safety and adherence to COVID-19 guidelines required at that time by the local authority, health authorities, veterinary and equestrian associations and the government.The schedule and a day-by-day program will go online shortly with the show running as close to its traditional format as possible and including international jumping, dressage, the Land Rover International Carriage Driving Grand Prix, international endurance and showing.The Windsor Pageant, which was scheduled to take place in the evenings, will not take place. However, the show will include many of the scheduled elements in a bumper edition of equestrian displays, acts and music within the main show program, which will take advantage of the long summer evenings.Visitor tickets will be made available soon, with Royal Windsor Horse Show Club members prioritized. Should guidelines change and visitors not be allowed to attend on the dates of the show then all purchased tickets will be refunded. Additionally, organizers have also committed to increasing the number of hours of live streaming and broadcast from the show so that everyone can enjoy Royal Windsor online even if they are not able to attend in person.“We are very grateful for the tremendous backing of our supporters, which has allowed us to plan with confidence,” continued Brooks-Ward. “They include Rolex, Bahrain Endurance, Hermès, Coworth Park, DAKS, Al Shira’aa, Champagne Laurent-Perrier and, in particular, our Principal Partner, Jaguar Land Rover.“We are determined to produce one of our best events for the horse world to enjoy, with a competitive and upbeat edition of this 78-year-old horse show.”The Royal Windsor Horse Show usually takes place in May with over 55,000 visitors attending to view an extensive program of first‐class equestrian competition and performances across five arenas. Her Majesty The Queen has attended every year since the Show started in 1943 and it is the only time of the year that the private grounds of Windsor Castle are open to the public. Royal Windsor Horse Show is organized by Windsor Equestrian Promotions Ltd, as part of HPower Group, also organizers of Olympia, The London International Horse Show. For further information click here. Tags: Dressage, Royal Windsor Horse Show, jumping, Windsor Castle, Land Rover International Carriage Driving Grand Prix, international endurance, showing, More from News:MARS Bromont CCI Announces Requirements For US-Based RidersThe first set of requirements to allow American athletes and support teams to enter Canada for the June 2-6 competition have been released.Canadian Eventer Jessica Phoenix Reaches the 100 CCI4*-S MarkPhoenix achieved the milestone while riding Pavarotti at the inaugural 2021 CCI4*-S at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.Tribunal Satisfied That Kocher Made Prolonged Use of Electric SpursAs well as horse abuse, the US rider is found to have brought the sport into disrepute and committed criminal acts under Swiss law.Washington International Horse Show Returns to TryonTIEC will again provide the venue for the WIHS Oct. 26-31 with a full schedule of hunter, jumper and equitation classes. Horse Sport Enews Email* Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! SIGN UP We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding.last_img read more

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4 May
2021

UK: HMS Liverpool Bids Farewell to Namesake City

first_img View post tag: Naval Training & Education HMS Liverpool will take her bow in the city for which she is named as she pays her final visit to Merseyside after three decades’ sterling service.The veteran destroyer will berth in Liverpool for the last time on Wednesday, beginning a six-day visit.A series of high-profile events are planned once the Portsmouth based warship – billed the ‘Royal Navy’s queen of the recent Libyan conflict – arrives at the impressive Cruise Liner Terminal in the heart of the city at around 9.30am.As well as holding a reception for invited guests during her stay, the ship’s company is also looking forward to hosting some 20 groups, schools/colleges and organisations on board.A particular honour is bestowed upon them all on Friday when the crew will take to the streets of Liverpool to exercise their Freedom of the City for the last time.HMS Liverpool was awarded this honour in 1982 and has exercised this ancient tradition on numerous occasions during her close affiliation with this great maritime city.The parade will step off from Our Lady and St Nicholas’ Church at mid-day, after a celebratory service which will also be attended by the Lord Lieutenant Of Merseyside, Dame Lorna Muirhead and the Royal Navy’s Deputy Commander-in-Chief Fleet, Vice Admiral Philip Jones.The route takes them east on Chapel Street and then east on Tithebarn Street, before turning south on Moorfields and west on Dale Street.After turning north on to Exchange Street West, the parade will halt for inspections, and a salute will be taken by the Lord Mayor, before the parade falls out for a civic reception at Liverpool Town Hall.But it is on Saturday and Sunday from 12-4pm that the ship and her crew will have a real opportunity to engage with the public of Merseyside, when she opens her gangway to the public.HMS Liverpool will make her last journey down the Mersey on the morning of March 5, leaving the terminal at 11am and delivering a gun salute at the Cammell Laird yard, where fittingly she was built, shortly afterwards; she will then sail past the Royal Liver Building to deliver a second gun salute to the city with which she has been so proudly intertwined over the past 30 years.HMS Liverpool’s Commanding Officer Cdr Colin Williams, said:“This visit is one of celebration and appreciation of the sterling service which this exceptional ship has offered her country during her three decades at sea.“To be bringing her back home to Liverpool is, without question, not only the absolute pinnacle of this celebration, but also a very poignant and dignified moment in her long and illustrious life.“We have always enjoyed absolutely exceptional links with Liverpool. I know that my crew is honoured and excited to show off their ship once more to Merseysiders, who have always shown unparalleled hospitality and enthusiasm for this great ship.“I am extremely proud to have commanded HMS Liverpool and her crew – there is obviously some sadness in bidding farewell to any ship, but, more than anything, this is a time to honour HMS Liverpool and her achievements, the most recent of which was outstanding and key support to the NATO operations off the coast of Libya.“I sincerely hope that as many Merseysiders as possible will make the journey to the Cruise Liner Terminal to visit the ship on Saturday and Sunday when we open to the public. It allows us in our own small way to return the hospitality and affection shown over more than three decades before bidding our final fond farewell.”A formal decommissioning ceremony for the ship will be held in her home base of Portsmouth at the end of March.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , February 28, 2012; Image: royalnavy Back to overview,Home naval-today UK: HMS Liverpool Bids Farewell to Namesake City View post tag: Namesake View post tag: City View post tag: News by topic Veteran destroyer HMS Liverpool is saying an emotional six-day farewell to her namesake city as she prepares to bow out of front-line service after 30 years. View post tag: Navycenter_img View post tag: HMS View post tag: bids View post tag: Farewell View post tag: Liverpool UK: HMS Liverpool Bids Farewell to Namesake City February 28, 2012 Share this articlelast_img read more

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