Published: 13/09/2017 11:00 - Updated: 13/09/2017 10:58

Military tattoo enjoys a record breaking year

Written byVal Sweeney


The tattoo ended with a stunning fireworks display.

A SPECTACULAR show including an extensive aerial display by a World War I fighter aircraft delighted thousands of visitors to the Highland Military Tattoo.

Ticket sales were up by about 1500 on last year, prompting optimism for the future of the event which showcases Scotland’s rich culture and heritage and the work of the armed forces.

Thousands of people, including local residents and foreign visitors, visited Fort George near Ardersier for the extravaganza which this year also celebrated the 75th anniversary of the RAF Regiment.

The Queen’s Colour Squadron was one of the star attractions, performing stunning drills with military precision, while a fireworks display to mark the end of the performance also wowed the crowds. Young piper Archie Drennan concluded the event with a solo performance.   

Tattoo director Major General Seymour Monro said he had received many positive comments.

"It is amazing what our performers achieve with so little rehearsal time," he said. "I am very proud of them and our production team.

"The catering and retail village was again buzzing. We have sold more tickets than last year which is most encouraging.

"I am also most grateful to our sponsors and we would always welcome more to support this great Highland cultural event which brings so much pleasure to so many people and tremendous benefits to the local area."

Stuart Turner, head of EventScotland – part of VisitScotland – which supported the event, said thoughts were already turning towards next year’s tattoo.

"This year’s Highland Military Tattoo has once again proven to be a hugely successful event, attracting thousands of spectators to Fort George to witness some of the best military performers and acts both nationally and from around the world."

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