The 49th IMP to Lourdes takes place from Thu 10-Mon 14 May 07. Open to all serving soldiers and officers it consists of representing your country in uniform with over 23,000 military all-ranks from over 30 countries. Accompanied by the Band of the Kings Division, the UK tri-service and BFG contingent stay in a 3* hotel for the duration of the parades and events. Plenty of time for fun and free association during the visit with our military colleagues from around the world. Those from the UK fly from one of the London airports while the BFG contingent join a Bundeswehr trains that pick up the BFG personnel from station throughout Germany. Two or more parades through the town each day, participation in the Services if appropriate for you, otherwise a great de-stressing away period. Is not accounted as leave as all attending personnel are condsidered to be on duty. One of the highlight evenings takes place at a chalet outside of the town where a group of serving and ex-serving personnel look after a group of diabled veterans and host a great bar-b-q. Music for the evening supplied by the band. Those who have been before know that its takes a bit of a strong constitution ref the late nights! particularly the music nights at the Irish Defence Forces hotel with music supplied by the pipes and drums of the Band of the Irish Air Corp. Again, late nights, but good fun. If anyone from the UK is interested in coming along, contact your local RC chaplain for registration details or contact Maj (Ret) Diana Wilson on Mil 94222 4004. Anyone in BFG can contact your local RC chaplain. Details from your regimental or unit chaplain. All denominations and none are welcome.