The Belfast Tattoo


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The Belfast Tattoo

Highlights of the spectacular Belfast Tattoo, featuring over 600 performers from home and abroad, and including the grand finale of the Massed Pipe and Drums.


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Welcome to the SSE Arena and the Belfast Tattoo 2016.

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BAGPIPE MUSIC

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Wasn't that a magnificent ensemble?

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Ladies and gentlemen, will you welcome the band, bugles,

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pipes and drums of the Royal Irish Regiment!

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APPLAUSE

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MUSIC: Run by Snow Patrol

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MUSIC: The Last Of The Mohicans by Trevor Jones

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They were just magnificent, absolutely wonderful -

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the Royal Irish Regiment.

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And we've lots of other wonderful music for you to hear this evening.

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Next though, welcome the Belfast Tattoo 2016

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Highland Dance Team.

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MUSIC: Scotland The Brave

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That was just a perfect display from our hugely talented

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and award-winning Highland dancers.

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Now, next this evening,

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musicians from across two battalions of guards,

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all infantrymen with operational experience,

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who also play a key role in ceremonial duties

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such as Trooping the Colour

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and the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace.

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Ladies and gentlemen...

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MUSIC: No Man's Land by Eric Bogle

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Quick march!

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PIPE BAND MUSIC

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APPLAUSE

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Quick march!

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Just brilliant.

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Now, when we first began the Tattoo back in 2013,

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it was a daunting challenge for our performers to take on.

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But take it on they did,

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which is why we are delighted to welcome back to this year's line-up,

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from County Antrim...

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Quick march.

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MUSIC: Colonel Bogey March by FJ Ricketts

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The Dunloy and Vow Accordion Bands. Wonderful.

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Our next performers are back by popular demand

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after they entertained audiences in 2014 with their skill and precision.

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Welcome...

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BAGPIPE MUSIC

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That was wonderful, they just didn't put a foot wrong.

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A magnificent display.

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Now, from the Netherlands, dressed in the uniforms

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of the 1888 Engineer Corps, will you welcome...

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MARCHING BAND MUSIC

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MUSIC: Colonel Bogey March by FJ Ricketts

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Spectacular music and marching from the Dutch Engineers.

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Our next band have played for presidents of Ireland

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and the United States,

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as well as three of the kings and queens of our royal family.

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Will you welcome...

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MUSIC: It's A Long Way To Tipperary by Jack Judge and Harry Williams

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In this centenary year, we turn our thoughts to the men and boys

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who faced the enemy over the 141 days of the Somme Offensive.

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We remember their courage, their endurance, their heroism,

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and we especially remember the many who made the ultimate sacrifice.

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WHISTLE BLOWS

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MACHINE GUN FIRE AND BOMBS

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In Flanders fields the poppies blow

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Between the crosses, row on row,

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That mark our place, and in the sky

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The larks, still bravely singing, fly

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Scarce heard amid the guns below.

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We are the dead; short days ago

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We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,

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Loved and were loved,

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and now we lie

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In Flanders fields.

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# No more bleeding, no more fight

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# No prayers pleading through the night

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# Just divine embrace, eternal light

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# In the Mansions of the Lord. #

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# Lay me down in the cold cold ground

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# Where before many more have gone

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# Once a year, say a prayer for me

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# Close your eyes and remember me. #

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# Where no mothers cry and no children weep

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# We will stand and guard though the angels sleep

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# All through the ages safely keep

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# The Mansions of the Lord. #

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APPLAUSE

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For the first time in Northern Ireland...

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AIR-RAID SIREN

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MUSIC: Colonel Bogey March by FJ Ricketts

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MUSIC: The Wild Rover

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The Band of Liberation.

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They tour all across Europe and we were delighted

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to hear them here this evening.

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Now, next this evening,

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they wowed TV audiences on Britain's Got Talent.

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Since then they have been touring locally, across Europe

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and into the Middle East.

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Ladies and gentlemen, it's...

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TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC

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Fabulous. 47 dancers - you know, the youngest was just eight,

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and they're absolutely brilliant.

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Now, the Pride of Ballinran Flute Band begin

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by taking us all to the movies.

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MUSIC: 20th Century Fox Fanfare by Alfred Newman

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MUSIC: Star Wars by John Williams

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MUSIC: Titanic by James Horner

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And finally this evening, led by the Royal Irish Regiment,

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let's begin the Belfast Tattoo 2016

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Grand Finale.

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MARCHING BAND MUSIC

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MUSIC: Highland Cathedral by Ulrich Roever and Michael Korb

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And, in a special appearance this evening,

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we welcome the Chelsea Pensioners.

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And with a final rendition from our magnificent performers,

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we wish you a safe journey homewards and say,

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haste ye back for the Belfast Tattoo 2017.

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