Two hundred and fifty finest drummers and pipers, excellent fiddlers, highland dancers, warrior dancers, and a host of other performers equal a bedazzled crowd. Kudos to the participants and organizers of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo Homecoming 2014 for an spectacular performance! No wonder their tickets have always sold out for 16 consecutive years!
My amazement while watching the Military Tattoo live for the first time was beyond words. From my going in to going out out of the hall my excitement was overwhelming. The emotional impact I felt stayed for days even weeks.
From folkloric to warrior songs and dances of the Nagaland Indians, Zulu, Singapore, and Maori; from old-time favorites such as the Banana Boat Song by the Trinidad and Tobago Steel Drum to modern pops; the music filled evey fibre of my body.
From mass bands and drills to precision display; every act and performance brought me a wealth of excitement. I was constantly, and still am, in a state of euphoria. I could watch it every year if not for the distance from Norwich to Edinburgh.
When the last act had been performed, the last note had been played, the tribute to the fallen heroes had been paid, the national anthem had been played, the fireworks had been displayed, the last performer had left the esplanade, I heaved a sigh of jealousy and blurted, “Why didn’t the Scottish drop by the Philippines on their way to New Zealand and Australia?” It would have been a great privilege to be a part of the Military Tattoo, a festival every Scottish must be proud of.
I first heard about the Edinburgh Festival during a free guided walking tour on my first visit to the Scottish capital in 2009. Since then I have always wanted to go back and attend the reputed month-long festival. My yearning grew even more when I watched the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on television.
Below are some of the photos I took. I couldn’t be bothered much with the quality as I was trying to focus on and just enjoy the show.