Photo: Paul Campbell
Delighted crowds visited Fort George last weekend for the 4th Highland Military Tattoo. In this, Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, the event was even more relevant, not only showcasing Scotland’s rich culture and heritage but the work of the armed forces and celebrating the 75th anniversary of the RAF Regiment.
Crowds at this year’s extravaganza enjoyed an extensive aerial display by an SE5A biplane; a fighter aircraft of the First World War, to mark the start of the show. The main event featured an array of Pipes and Drums, Highland Dancers, armed forces competitions, youth performers and musical interludes.Varying vignettes showcased a static display of a WW1 Sopwith Cameland a Spitfire, in-keeping with this celebratory year and a popular draw for visitors to the Fort.The Queen’s Colour Squadron proved to be one of the star attractions, performing stunning drills with military precision, not only at all four performances but also in Elgin High Street on Friday.
A stunning fireworks display marked the end of the performances and was concluded with a solo performance from the young, lone piper, Archie Drennan.Crowds additionally made the most of the Food and Drink Village both in advance of the eventand then again after, with many staying to enjoy wine and whisky tastings at The Highlanders Museum.
The Board is delighted to announce improved ticket sales on the 2016 event, which draws visitors into the area, and wishes to thank supporters, sponsors and all those who have worked extremely hard to bring this successful event to the Highlands of Scotland.
Major General Seymour Monro, Tattoo Director, said: ”Even better than last year; awesome; superb” are just some of the many positive comments I have heard from so many people. It is amazing what our performers achieve with so little rehearsal time. I am very proud of them and of our production team. The Catering and Retail Village was again buzzing. We have sold more tickets than last year, which is most encouraging. I am also most grateful to our sponsors- and we would always welcome more to support this great Highland cultural event which brings so much pleasure to so many people band tremendous benefits to the local area.”
This year’s event was supported by EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate.
Stuart Turner, Head of EventScotland, said: ‘This year’s Highland Military Tattoo has once again proven to be a successful event, attracting thousands of spectators to Fort George to witness some of the best military performers and acts both nationally and from around the world. Scotland is the perfect stage for events and following this wonderful celebration of Scotland’s military and cultural heritage, thoughts will already be turning towards next year’s Tattoo.”