04 Aug 2017

UK Armed Forces to take part in Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

UK Armed Forces including hundreds of sailors, soldiers, and airmen are set to star in the world-renowned Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Returning for a 68th season, the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is a thrilling display of music, dance, and military entertainment from around the world, rooted firmly in Scottish culture and history.

As 2017 is the Year of the Royal Navy, and to recognise Scotland’s unique role in building UK warships, the finale will see the Esplanade transformed into an aircraft carrier flight deck, featuring a Lynx Mk III maritime aircraft, and a CGI projection onto the Castle walls of an aircraft taking off from the deck.

Upon arrival, the audience will also get to walk under a life-sized model of the new F-35B fighter, with Royal Navy personnel on hand to deliver a warm welcome.

Celebrating the theme ‘Splash of Tartan’, Armed Forces musicians will make up a cast of 1,200 artists performing to a live audience of 220,000, and a global TV audience of more than 100 million.

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said: “The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo represents all that is best in the UK’s Armed Forces – talented, professional, and engaging internationally with our global allies.

“This Tattoo helps showcase our Armed Forces and has raised over £10m through its Charitable Trust, and it contributes £77m a year to the Scottish economy.”

The event will take place on the Esplanade of Edinburgh Castle from 4-26 August 2017.

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