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TICKETS for next
year’s Edinburgh Tattoo have gone on
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 www.edintattoo.co.uk
Telephone orders can be made on 08707
opens in city
LORD Provost Lesley
Hinds and Tattoo producer Mel Jameson are set
to open a visitors’ centre dedicated to the
The Spirit of the Tattoo, which will include
an interactive exhibition, cinema, shop and
rooftop cafe-restaurant, is to be opened next
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
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
"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
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."
pays tribute to Trafalgar victory
CITY COUNCIL REPORTER
world-famous Military Tattoo is to stage
a celebration to mark the 200th
anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar
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
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
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
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
Tattoo producer Brigadier Melville
Jameson revealed first details of the
2005 event’s programme today, just
weeks before tickets are due to go on
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
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
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
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
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
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
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