RAF centenary to be celebrated at Tattoo Event:
Army of young performers to take castle by storm
The centenary of the RAF is to be celebrated at this year’s Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
The theme of the show, which runs from August 3 to 25 on Edinburgh Castle Esplanade, is The Sky’s the Limit, with projections to be shone on to the castle walls during performances.
Among the international performers will be the Royal Cavalry of the Sultanate of Oman’s Pipers on horseback and its allfemale marching band.
More than 100 Mexican performers will bring mariachi music while the Central Band of the Czech Armed Forces and Ondras Military Art Ensemble will make their Tattoo debut to mark the 100th anniversary o f C z e c h o s l o v a k independence.
The Edinburgh Girls’ High School from Malawi will also perform for the first time with girls from the Mary Erskine School choir.
The Malawi school, named because of its close link with the Mary Erskine School, is now in its fifth year with a total roll of 160 girls in the region of Engcongolweni, near Mzuzu.
Directors of the Tattoo said the performances, projections and light shows will “take the audience on the incredible journey following man’s obsession with flight”.
Musicians will open the show with “sounds of the soaring Spitfire, gearing up for take-off” while Highland dancers will also wear outfits in tribute to the RAF.
As well as the music and dancing, the Royal Ypriana Wind Band Buglers will perform the Last Post, to mark the end of the centenary of the First World War.
Brigadier David Allfrey, chief executive and producer of The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, said: “The time has finally come to reveal a magical line-up of talent set to keep the audience on the edge of their seats.
“It’s an enthralling 90-minute spectacle that’s set to be one of our best shows yet with an army of young performers.
“One of the remarkable characteristics of the youthful is the optimism and their ability to not be limited by boundaries – barriers between people, communities or opportunities.
“This is a celebration of that mindset and we hope for the show to be an inspiration to young and old, to keep this childlike spirit alive in all aspects of our lives from our ambitions to our interactions with others.
“Now that the cast has descended we’re putting the final touches to the show in preparation of Friday’s opening performance.” The sudden or accidental deaths of people under 25 who have been through the care system should be subject to fatal accident inquiries (FAIs), according to a new report.
The document, published by Scottish Labour MSP Kezia Dugdale and researcher Ashley Cameron, made the recommendation after uncovering a lack of data on the deaths of looked-after young people.
It found that at least 84 young people in secure care had died prematurely in the last 10 years.
Charity Who Cares? Scotland previously reported that young people who have been in care are 20 times