On Wednesday morning, the British Army military bands participating in this year’s Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo joined International and Scottish acts to perform in the last ‘undress’ rehearsal at Redford Barracks in Edinburgh prior to the move to Edinburgh Castle. Following this rehearsal there will be one final ‘dress’ rehearsal in the Castle on Thursday before doors open to the full fee paying public on Friday.
This occasion enables organisers to run the acts through their paces and to allow the performers to begin to gel together prior to going on public display. The show is also open to the UK Press and often the doors have been thrown open to locals from the Coilinton area of Edinburgh. The rehearsal is considered ‘undress’ as the performers are not required to perform in their formal attire but can relax and get into the spirit of the show.
British Army acts this year include the Bands of the Scots & Irish Guards and the Royal Regiment of Scotland and the Pipes and Drums of the Irish Guards, Combined (1&3 SCOTS) Royal Regiment of Scotland, Gurkhas and the Combined University Officer Training Corps. Cottesmore based 7 Regt RLC will be proving the majority of the Tattoo Support Group (TSG) to ensure the performance goes ahead, soldiers from across the cap-badges of 1 (UK) Division will also contribute personnel to the TSG.
The TSG, in addition to providing the Guard of Honour, supply the main logistic muscle behind the show enabling the acts to appear on time and in the right condition.