RAF cen­te­nary to be cel­e­brated at Tat­too Event:

Army of young per­form­ers to take cas­tle by storm

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - NEWS - BY PAUL WARD

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

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