CCF and Pipe Band visit Military Tattoo

Posted: Monday 7 August 2017

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Part of the Edinburgh Festival the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is an annual series of Military Tattoos performed by British Armed ForcesCommonwealth and international military bands and artistic performance teams on the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle

Members of the CCF and Pipe Band watched the diverse performances such as the Massed Pipes and Drums, the Indian Naval Band, the Tattoo Highland Dance Group, the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force Central Band (complete with Samurai fighters) and of course the Lone Piper.​

Fascinating facts:

  • More than 14 million people have attended the Tattoo since it began. The annual audience is around 220,000.
  • Around 100 million people see the Tattoo each year on international television.  Approximately 70 per cent of each audience is from out with Scotland. Half of these are from out with the UK.
  • Around 35 miles of cabling (the distance from Edinburgh to Glasgow) is required.
  • The Tattoo has sold out for eighteen consecutive years.
  • The Tattoo has always been staged at Edinburgh Castle. Rehearsals take place at Redford Barracks in Edinburgh.
  • 48 countries from across six continents have been represented at the Tattoo.
  • The word ‘tattoo’ comes from the closing-time cry in the inns in the Low Countries during the 17th and 18th centuries - ‘Doe den tap toe’ (‘Turn off the taps’).
  • New £16 million spectator stands and hospitality facilities were put in place at the Castle Esplanade for the summer of 2011. This innovative new amphitheatre replaced the 37 year old, award winning stands which were based on the pioneering Mero system used for Germany’s 1972 Munich Olympics.
  • Not a single performance of the Tattoo has ever been cancelled.

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