2016 The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo


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Bill Paterson narrates coverage of the 2016 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, which features acts and performers from around the world.


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FANFARE SOUNDS

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This year, the Tattoo celebrates Tunes Of Glory

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and, naturally enough, a glorious fanfare, the Alarm To Arms,

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bids us welcome to the 2016 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

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FIREWORK EXPLODES

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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-SHOUTS:

-Pipes and Drums, right and centre! Quick march!

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The Massed Pipes and Drums.

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As they return to their spiritual home barracks of the

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Castle Esplanade, there can only be one march - The Black Bear.

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In his last Tattoo as the Army's Director of Bagpipe Music and

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Highland Drumming, Major Steven Small continues the Glory theme,

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as The Campbells Are Coming eases into Amazing Grace.

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The Rowan Tree.

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The Reel Cabar Feidh, The Stag's Antlers.

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Dumbarton's Drums, the regimental march of The Royal Scots.

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And The Mason's Apron brings the set to a close.

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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The Massed Pipes and Drums and the Highland Dancers join together for

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Gille Chaluim, the oldest and most famous traditional Scottish dance.

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Fleet of foot and fast of finger,

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the Highland Dancers and the Massed Pipes and Drums.

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APPLAUSE

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The unique sound of the sarangi and the swirling snow

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bring Nepal to Edinburgh, courtesy of the Nepal Army Band.

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On their very first visit to the Tattoo, the band and dancers

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commemorate the joint British and Nepalese conquest of

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Mount Everest by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa

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in 1953, the year of Her Majesty the Queen's Coronation.

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The Nepal Army Band forms the outline of the double pennant

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of the flag of Nepal.

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Incidentally, the world's only known quadrilateral national flag.

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The Nepal Army Band.

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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The young daredevils of The Imps Motorcycle Display Team

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cross the drawbridge with a glorious yet galactic theme.

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THEME FROM "STAR WARS" PLAYS

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For 40 years, the Imps from London's East End, all aged between

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5 and 16, have impressed with displays near and far, far away.

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They originated from the Hackney Adventure Holiday Project,

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a charity founded by Roy Pratt MBE.

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One thing led to another and a unique motorcycle display team

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was born, and what a team,

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still led by Roy Pratt.

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Cross-overs.

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EXPLOSION

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Now backwards.

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Now accompanied by pyrotechnics.

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Time for the mini pyramids.

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Just learning?

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And just passed!

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It takes many hours of practice

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to make this motorcycle display look easy,

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so please don't try this at home.

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I certainly won't be doing anything of the kind.

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I don't even have a bike.

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The great pyramid.

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Five bikes and 15 Imps.

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Plus a little squirt in the sidecar.

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Lift-off with the greatest of ease.

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Even at the speed of light, bikes and bugles do mix.

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The Imps Motorcycle Display Team accompanied by the band and bugles

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of The Rifles.

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And the Force was certainly with them!

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the largest naval battle of

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the Great War, the Battle of Jutland.

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The Band of Her Majesty's Royal Marines Scotland play their tribute,

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the suite Remembering Jutland.

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APPLAUSE

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Absolute precision as always

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from the Band of Her Majesty's Royal Marines Scotland.

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The strings of Hjaltibonhoga,

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Shetland, my spiritual home,

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are proud to present Shetland's international language,

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traditional fiddle music.

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The tune is Hillswick.

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Arthur Anderson's Reel.

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And Da Spirit O'Whisky is followed by Out n In Da Harbour.

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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Hjaltibonhoga from Shetland.

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The Tattoo Highland Dancers are an international team of champions

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and it shows.

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The Tattoo's Dance Director, Aileen Robertson, continues to

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present outstanding displays

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with a high standard of technique and performance,

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thrilling the audiences wherever her team performs.

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The magnificent Tattoo Highland Dancers.

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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Under the baton of Director of Music Major Dwayne Milburn,

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The United States Army Europe Band and Chorus

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bring a taste of American royalty to the Tattoo.

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To get us going, from Benny Goodman, the King of Swing,

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it's Sing, Sing, Sing.

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BAND WHOOPS

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APPLAUSE

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It's time for the King of rock and roll, Elvis Presley,

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with All Shook Up.

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Taking the lead is Sergeant James Motts.

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# Ah, well-a bless-a my soul, what's wrong with me

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# I'm itchin' like a man on a fuzzy tree

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# My friends say I'm actin' wild as a bug

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-# I'm in love

-Huh

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# I'm all shook up, uh-huh-huh

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-# Uh-huh

-Yeah

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-# Yeah, yeah

-Yeah, yeah

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# Oh, please don't ask me what's on my mind

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# I'm a little bit stuck but I'm feelin' fine

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# When I'm near that girl that I love best

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# My heart beats so it scares me to death

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# Touched my hand, what a chill I got

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# Her lips are like a volcano that's hot

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# I'm proud to say she's my buttercup

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-# I'm in love

-Huh

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# I'm all shook up, uh-huh-huh

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-# Uh-huh

-Yeah

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-# Yeah, yeah

-I'm all shook up. #

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Finally, the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin.

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-# Freedom

-Freedom

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-# Freedom

-Freedom

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-# Freedom

-Freedom

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-# Freedom

-Freedom... #

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Sergeant Andrea Griffith does the honours on Think.

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# Freedom, freedom

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-# You better think

-Think

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# Think about what you're trying to do to me

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-# Yeah, think

-Think, think

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# Let your mind go, let yourself be free

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# Let's go back, let's go back, let's go way on back when

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# I didn't even know you, couldn't have been too much more than ten

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# Just a child

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# I ain't no psychiatrist, ain't no doctor with degrees

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# But it don't take too much high IQs to see what you're doing to me

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-# You better think

-Think

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# Think about what you're trying to do to me, now, now, now, think

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# Think, think

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# Let your mind go, let yourself be free

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-# You need me

-Need me

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-# And I need you

-Need you

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# Without each other there ain't nothing we can do

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-# Oh, freedom

-Freedom

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-# Freedom

-Freedom

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-# Freedom

-Freedom

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-# Freedom

-Freedom

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-# Freedom

-Freedom

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-# Freedom

-Freedom

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-# Freedom

-Freedom

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-# Freedom

-Freedom

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-# Freedom

-Freedom

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-# Freedom

-Freedom

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-# Freedom

-Freedom

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-# Freedom

-Freedom

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-# Freedom

-Freedom

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# Freedom

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# Freedom

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# Freedom

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# Freedom

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# Freedom. #

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The United States Army Europe Band and Chorus.

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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New Zealand's Lochiel Marching Drill Team was formed in the late 1950s

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and is the oldest established team in the country.

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Meticulously coached by Colleen Pobar since 1966,

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yes, 50 years,

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the team is a household name in New Zealand and continues to

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delight audiences around the world.

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Accuracy with an air of effortless ease

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from Lochiel Marching Drill Team.

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APPLAUSE

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On their third visit to the Edinburgh Tattoo,

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the Band and Drill Team of the Jordanian Armed Forces

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now perform their salute to the centenary of the

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Great Arab Revolt, that would wrest Arab lands from the control

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of the Turkish Ottoman Empire.

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APPLAUSE

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Silent drill, not a word of command.

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APPLAUSE

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And watch out for the Jordanian wave.

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LAUGHTER

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APPLAUSE

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AUDIENCE GASPS

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FAST DRUMBEAT

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MIDDLE-EASTERN STYLE TUNE PLAYS

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BAGPIPES PLAY

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APPLAUSE

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The Band and Drill Team of the Jordanian Armed Forces.

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A distinctive sight and sounds from The Land of the Long White Cloud,

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as the New Zealand Army Band cross the drawbridge

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on its fifth visit to the Edinburgh Tattoo.

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Armed with his tewhatewa,

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Drum Major Staff Sergeant Tristan "Mitch" Mitchell guides

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the band through entertaining displays of music and movement,

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with humour and intricate drill manoeuvres

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not normally associated with marching musicians.

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BAND PLAYS JAZZY TUNE

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BAND PLAYS SNIPPET OF JAMES BOND THEME

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And now, their tribute to the New Zealanders who fell

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in the Great War.

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Passchendaele.

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MAN SHOUTS OPENING LINES OF THE HAKA

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OTHERS RESPOND

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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BAND PLAYS Sabre Dance from Gayane by Aram Khachaturian

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BAND PLAYS CHARIOTS OF FIRE THEME

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LAUGHTER

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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BAND PLAYS JAMES BOND THEME

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LAUGHTER

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WHOOPING

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AUDIENCE GASPS

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You know, not once in 25 performances

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have they ever got their ball back.

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A nice souvenir for someone.

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The song is from the musical Hairspray - You Can't Stop the Beat.

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-# Can't stop today

-No!

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# As it comes speeding down the tracks

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# Ooh-ooh, child, yeah!

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-# Yesterday is history

-Be gone!

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# And it's never coming back!

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# But tomorrow is a brand-new day

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-# And we don't know white from black

-Yeah!

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# Cos the world keeps spinning round and round

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# And my heart's keeping time to the speed of sound

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# I was lost till I heard those drums and I found my way

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# Cos you can't stop the beat

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# Ever since we first saw the light

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# A man and woman like to shake it on a Saturday night

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# So I'm going to shake and shimmy with all my might today!

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# Cos you can't stop the...

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# Motion of the ocean or the rain from above

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# They can try to stop this paradise we're dreaming of

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# But you cannot stop the rhythm of two hearts in love today

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# Cos you can't stop the beat

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# You can't stop the beat

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# You can't stop the beat

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# You can't stop the beat

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# You can't stop the be-e-e-at. #

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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The New Zealand Army Band.

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His Majesty The King's Guard

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is the Norwegian Forces' finest display unit,

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consisting of a band, a bugles and drum section and a drill team.

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All these impeccable young soldiers are coming to the end of their

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one year's national service.

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This is quite an extraordinary display of discipline

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and precision, and all mastered within a year.

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MUSIC STOPS

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APPLAUSE

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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MUSIC: Scotland The Brave played on glockenspiel

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LAUGHTER

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THEY SHOUT IN UNISON

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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CHOIR SINGS

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BAND PLAYS Triumphal March from Aida by Giuseppe Verdi

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CHOIR RESUMES

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Norway's finest, His Majesty The King's Guard.

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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Military bands have always played a key role on the battlefield,

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and to commemorate the place of music in conflict,

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the Massed Bands take up their formations.

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Evoking the Napoleonic Wars,

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the castle esplanade will resound to artillery bombardments,

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cavalry charges, rifle volleys and bugle calls.

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And, as one would expect, light infantry skirmishes,

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and the occasional foray by pipers into the melee.

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To battle.

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CANNON FIRE

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APPLAUSE

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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BAND PLAYS The British Grenadiers' March

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It's time for the guard to return.

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And the Royal Marines join the campaign.

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The Massed Bands now assume their more familiar peacetime role,

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where the emphasis turns to music and ceremonial.

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APPLAUSE

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2016 has seen Her Majesty The Queen celebrate her 90th birthday.

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The drum horse Mercury and a mounted escort of four trumpeters

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from The Band of the Household Cavalry lead the commemorations.

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They are joined by the historic Scottish State Coach,

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on a rare visit to the Scottish capital.

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Dating from 1830,

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the coach is usually on display in the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace.

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On its roof you will see a model of the Crown of Scotland, which,

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along with the other Honours of Scotland,

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is on display in Edinburgh Castle.

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# Zadok the Priest

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# And Nathan the Prophet

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# Anointed Solomon king

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# God save the Queen

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# God save the Queen

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# God save the Queen

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# May the Queen live

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# May the Queen live for ever

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# For ever, for ever

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# Amen, amen, alleluia

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# Alleluia, amen

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# Alleluia, amen, amen, alleluia... #

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George Frideric Handel's Zadok the Priest makes way for

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William Walton's Crown Imperial.

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APPLAUSE

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The Massed Bands now prepare to play the 79th's Farewell to Gibraltar,

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rated among the finest marches ever written for the pipes.

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So all we need are the pipes.

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BAGPIPES PLAY

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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Major Jason Griffiths from the Corps of Army Music,

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the 2016 Tattoo Principal Director of Music, takes charge.

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Fireworks will fill the sky for the Tattoo's tribute to David Bowie,

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who died early in 2016.

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Life On Mars.

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MUSIC: Instrumental version of Life On Mars by David Bowie

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MUSIC: Instrumental version of Starman by David Bowie

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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Guards of Honour!

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General salute - present arms!

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The national anthem.

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# God save our gracious Queen

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# Long live our noble Queen

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# God save the Queen

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# Send her victorious

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# Happy and glorious

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# Long to reign over us

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# God save the Queen. #

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Guards of honour!

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Slope arms!

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Now The Evening Hymn. O Valiant Hearts.

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Sunset.

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The lowering of the flags.

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Lights out.

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# O valiant hearts

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# Who to your glory came

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# Through dust of conflict and through battle flame

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# Tranquil you lie, your knightly virtue proved

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# Your memory hallowed in the land you loved

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# Deep your contentment in that blessed abode

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# Who wait the last clear trumpet call of God... #

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It matters not how strait the gate

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How charged with punishments the scroll

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I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.

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Pipe Major Roddy MacDonald of The Pipers' Trail now plays

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Sleep, Soldier, Sleep.

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Sleep, Soldier, Sleep.

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APPLAUSE

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It's time to bid farewell to this international cast.

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His Majesty The King's Guard of Norway.

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The 1st Battalion, the Scots Guards.

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The Jordanian Army Drill Team.

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Lochiel Marching Team,

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the Highland dancers

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and the Shetland Fiddlers.

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The Massed Bands now take their leave,

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but they're no' awa' tae bide awa'.

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The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo,

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in partnership with the Royal Bank of Scotland,

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has had its 18th consecutive sell-out season,

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going from strength to strength.

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The Massed Pipes and Drums,

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led by Drum Major Michael Hay from the Royal Regiment of Scotland,

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march towards the cobbles of Castlehill, to the fine tune

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that has taken generations of pipes and drums back to barracks -

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The Black Bear.

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Tattoo producer Brigadier David Allfrey MBE continues to bring

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fresh ingredients from home and abroad into this unique production,

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now in its 67th year.

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Yet it remains true to its heritage and values,

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maintaining a balance between the new and the familiar.

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THEY PLAY Scotland The Brave

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From the ever-familiar Edinburgh Castle, this is Bill Paterson

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wishing you, wherever in the world you have been watching,

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good fortune, good health, until we meet again.

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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The 2016 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is a truly international event, featuring acts and performers from around the world, marking Her Majesty the Queen's 90th Birthday with a selection of Tunes of Glory, performed in front of the majestic Edinburgh Castle.

The Nepal Army Band commemorate the conquest of Everest in the coronation year, the Band of Her Majesty's Royal Marines mark the centenary of the Battle of Jutland, and the Jordanian Royal Guard, Band and Drill Team mark 100 years since the Great Arab Revolt.

New Zealand has a significant presence. The Lochiel Marching Drill Team fills the Castle Esplanade with a display of precision drill and dance, whilst The New Zealand Army Band gives another scintillating performance of music and movement with the emphasis on fun.

The Band and Drill Team of the King of Norway's Guard deliver an immaculate display of music and drill maintaining their place as tattoo favourites.

The home team are as strong as always. The Massed Pipes and Drums deliver a set of glorious tunes, the Tattoo Highland Dancers are precision personified, the Imps Motorcycle Display Team are their daredevil selves, and the Massed British Military Bands are joined by the Scottish State Coach in a majestic display.

As usual, the lone piper rounds off a fine evening in the festival city.

The programme is narrated by Bill Paterson.