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As the announcer booms out the various countries the audience has travelled from to arrive at the Tattoo on this misty August evening, our anticipation grows. This isn’t just a military procession but a spectacular showcase – the Royal Netherlands Regiment enter playing musical instruments whilst riding bicycles, Royal Navy Piracy Patrol rappel down the walls of Edinburgh Castle in a staged battle against the scourges of the seven seas, and at the end, everyone joins hands and sings Auld Lang Syne. Perhaps most striking is the variety of performers from all over the globe, who come out en masse at the end whilst a lone bagpiper plays a hymn for those lost in conflict against the backdrop of the starry night sky.
Edinburgh Castle, 7 – 29 August, 9.00pm (10.30pm), £23.00 – £55.00, fpp n/a.
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