DAILY MIRROR: SUNSET CEREMONY OFF DUE TO DRUNKEN SAILORS
The Daily Mirror has reported that the Royal Navy cancelled yesterday's Sunset Ceremony because the crews were too hungover to attend.
Crews from type 23 frigate HMS Sutherland and survey vessel HMS Echo were meant to take part in a parade at the Star Castle but it was called off as participants were 'unable to leave frigate for the event due to a swell where the boat is anchored'.
Tourist visits to HMS Sutherland were also cancelled during the day due to the sea conditions.
However, The Mirror claims that the cancellations were in fact caused by a night of heavy drinking on Saturday. Navy ratings were allegedly involved in a fight at the Mermaid and crashed a golf buggy during the evening.
One witness is quoted as saying that the crews were "coming and going all day" on Sunday.
"We also saw four crew ashore who raised the standard up at the Star Castle.
"Yet they couldn't be bothered to put a crew ashore for the Sunset Ceremony."
A Royal Navy spokesperson said: “Regrettably a ceremony due to take place on the shore was cancelled because sea conditions meant personnel could not be safely transported from the ship.”