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The Buxton Military Tattoo
Published on Tuesday, 28 June 2011
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University of Derby Buxton - Dome
Events
9 Jul, 2:00pm-4:00pm, 6:00pm-8:30pm

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In a year that’s seen the nation’s armed forces return to the forefront of our minds, ABF (The Soldiers’ Charity) presents the second-ever Buxton Military Tattoo.  Whatever your views on the complex politics of the modern military’s role, few would disagree with ABF’s charitable mission: to support those men and women who’ve served.  And most would agree, too, that the pomp and precision of a military tattoo make a truly memorable spectacle – especially when they’re seen up close, in the University’s Devonshire Dome.

More than just a march-past, a tattoo is a striking and colourful display, filled with unashamed showmanship amidst all the regimental finery.  The dome will reverberate to the sound of five marching bands, while a drill display team from the 126 (City of Derby) Squadron promise an unexpected twist on their classic display of military precision.  And there’s a special guest too: Private Derby XXIX of the Mercia Regiment, who’s a salaried soldier (but just happens to be a ram).

The most famous tattoo of all, of course, happens in Edinburgh each August – and this programme also has a hint of a Scottish accent.  The Pipes and Drums of RAF Waddington will appear in full tartan, while we expect a spine-tingling finale from Pipe Major Finlay MacGhee, one of the few who’ve had the honour of playing on Edinburgh Castle’s iconic battlements.  2010’s event sold out months in advance – but with two performances this year, there are still some tickets for the matinee.  All the same, don’t wait too long before booking.

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