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Maritime flavour as Tattoo tickets on sale

TICKETS for next year’s Edinburgh Tattoo have gone on sale.

The show, running from August 5 to 27, will take its cue from the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar and organisers say it will have a distinctly maritime flavour featuring music, dance and display with performers from across the world.
It will be the 56th year the military spectacle, which this year smashed all previous box office records and sold out in record time, has taken place.

The 2005 Tattoo is expected to feature the Russian Cossack State Song and Dance Ensemble and The Imps from London’s Docklands who promise to present a "thrilling motorcycle display performed at breathtaking speed".

Highlights will also include an amazing demonstration of precision drill by the Guard of His Majesty the King of Norway.

Tickets, priced 10.00 to 35.50, can be obtained from the Tattoo Ticket Sales Office, 32-34 Market Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1QB, by fax on 0131-225 8627 and online at Telephone orders can be made on 08707 555 118.


:Tattoo centre opens in city

LORD Provost Lesley Hinds and Tattoo producer Mel Jameson are set to open a visitors’ centre dedicated to the world-famous event.

The Spirit of the Tattoo, which will include an interactive exhibition, cinema, shop and rooftop cafe-restaurant, is to be opened next week.

The opening ceremony at the centre on Castlehill, at the top of the Royal Mile, will mark the Tattoo’s commitment to build its national and international business and to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

Members of the Board of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, and the General Officer Commanding 2nd Division, Major General Euan Loudon, will also attend the event on Wednesday.

Tattoo to honour Nelson on Trafalgar anniversary


BRITAIN’S maritime history will be celebrated at next summer’s Edinburgh Military Tattoo, in honour of Admiral Lord Nelson and the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar.

Royal Marines will be joined by performers from Russia, Norway and the United States as the sell-out event enters its 56th year.

The naval theme should prove less controversial than this year’s line-up, when the inclusion of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) band provoked protests from human-rights activists.

"The 2005 Tattoo will be a moving tribute to that famous admiral, and mark one of the greatest ever victories at sea," said Brigadier Melville Jamieson, the Tattoo producer. "It promises to be a marvellous show packed with elements of surprise and excitement."

The Russian Cossack State Song and Dance Ensemble will be among more than 1,000 performers in the programme, along with the Guard of His Majesty the King of Norway who will demonstrate a precision drill. The Imps from London’s Docklands will present a high-speed motorcycle display while the Light Division Band and Bugles will put on a quick-step marching exhibition at 140 paces-per-minute.

The 200-strong Massed Pipes and Drums is expected to kick off proceedings.

Tickets for the event, which runs from August 5 to 27, go on sale next Wednesday priced between 10 and 35.50. More than 211,000 tickets were sold last year - an early sell-out - earning the Tattoo about 3.7 million in box office sales.

Protests over China’s human rights records were made throughout last year’s event. Audiences were encouraged not to applaud the PLA. Police ejected two MSPs from one performance after foiling an attempt by about 20 pro-Tibet campaigners to disrupt the spectacle from the stands. They had been ready to unfurl banners after buying seats for the performance.

The Battle of Trafalgar, which took place off Cape Trafalgar in south-west Spain on 21 October 1805, was the most significant British victories of the Napoleonic Wars and the pivotal naval battle of the 19th century. Admiral Lord Nelson destroyed a combined French and Spanish fleet, ensuring British control of the world’s oceans for more than 100 years.

Not one British ship was lost in the battle - but it did claim 22 Franco-Spanish vessels and Nelson himself was killed just as the British were winning. During the battle, the warship Victory locked masts with the French Redoutable. A sniper’s bullet struck Nelson in the spine. Nelson was carried below decks but died.

In October next year, the anniversary of the battle will be marked by six days of celebrations in Portsmouth, and at St Paul’s Cathedral and Trafalgar Square in London.

Brigadier Jamieson added: "While the Edinburgh Tattoo will continue to represent the finest in Scottish traditions, I will be introducing a few new touches to help ensure the show maintains its enduring appeal."

Sir George Mathewson, chairman of The Royal Bank of Scotland group which sponsors the event, said: "The Tattoo is one of the jewels in the crown of Scotland’s tourism calendar. The acts lined up for 2005 promise yet another outstanding event and we are delighted to be supporting it once again."


Tattoo pays tribute to Trafalgar victory


EDINBURGH’S world-famous Military Tattoo is to stage a celebration to mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar next year.
Admiral Lord Nelson’s famous victory, which saw the Royal Navy overcome the combined might of the Spanish and French fleets, will be heralded in the form of both music and action on Edinburgh Castle Esplanade next August.
The Tattoo’s tribute will take centre stage in a packed programme dedicated to the Royal Navy, in the wake of this year’s hugely successful Royal Air Force-themed spectacular.
But it will also complement a huge programme of events being held across Britain in the run-up to the actual anniversary on October 21 next year.
Other highlights include a massive fleet review and fireworks display at Spithead in the Solent, a service of commemoration at St Paul’s Cathedral and a huge public celebration in Trafalgar Square.
Plans to mark the anniversary of Trafalagar, which was fought off Cape Trafalgar on the Spanish coast, were unveiled by Armed Forces Minister Adam Ingram earlier this year.
Next year’s Tattoo will feature the Massed Bands of the Royal Marines, as well as the Royal Marines Commandos, who previously thrilled Tattoo crowds by abseiling down Edinburgh Castle’s ramparts.
Joining them this year will be the United States Marine Corps Band, which was a huge hit on its last visit in 2002, at the Tattoo staged in tribute to the Queen’s Golden Jubilee.
The Norwegian King’s Guard will perform a mix of music and precision drill while the Russian State Cossack Dance Ensemble are expected to prove a star attraction.
Tattoo producer Brigadier Melville Jameson revealed first details of the 2005 event’s programme today, just weeks before tickets are due to go on sale.
He said: "We’re going to have three Royal Marines bands at our disposal as well as the Royal Marines Commandos, who were last here in 1997.
"We’re busy finalising a few elements of the programme at the moment and these will be announced before tickets go on sale next month."
A spokeswoman for the Royal Navy said: "We would obviously welcome anything that highlights Nelson and the significant difference he made to Britain and we’re absolutely delighted that the Edinburgh Military Tattoo has chosen to pay tribute to the Battle of Trafalgar."
Edinburgh’s Lord Provost Lesley Hinds, who is also chair of the Tattoo board, said: "The Tattoo experience is world-class and the 2005 programme, with its Trafalgar anniversary theme, will be no exception."
Last year’s Tattoo was easily the most successful in the history of the event, with every seat being snapped up by the middle of June - more than seven weeks before the show opened.
The record sell-out of the 211,027 tickets for the 24-performance run generated around 3.7 million in box office receipts.
One of the highlights of last year’s production was a breathtaking display of precision drill by The Queen’s Colour Squadron of the Royal Air Force, whose skill with bayonet-tipped rifles thrilled the crowds packed on to the Esplanade.
The first Edinburgh Military Tattoo took place in 1950 with just eight items in the programme. It is estimated that the Tattoo injects around 72m into the Scottish economy.
Tickets for the 2005 Tattoo will be available by post, fax and over the internet from Wednesday, December 1. Telephone bookings open on December 6.


Best of Tattoo is out on video

A NEW DVD and video featuring highlights of this year’s Edinburgh Military Tattoo has hit shop shelves.
The 90-minute recording boasts previously unseen footage of performers as diverse as the Royal Air Force, the Military Band of the People’s Liberation Army of China and Estonian gymnastics team Club Piruett.
Tattoo chief executive and producer Brigadier Melville Jameson said: "As 2004 marks the Tattoo’s most successful season ever, there seems to be no doubting the continuing appeal of the event."




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