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Last Updated: Tuesday, 26 July, 2005, 15:04 GMT 16:04 UK
Tattoo to celebrate naval battle
Pipers on board HMS Edinburgh
The Tattoo programme was launched aboard battleship
Organisers of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo have announced the programme for this year's sell-out event.

It was launched aboard HMS Edinburgh at Rosyth dockyard in Fife.

The event will feature a major celebration of the Royal Navy in the run-up to the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar on 21 October.

The biggest gathering of pipes and drums to be seen on Edinburgh Castle Esplanade will form the centrepiece of the show, which runs from 5-27 August.

The 210,000 seats for the three-week run sold out by the end of March.

Ticket receipts for the 56th Tattoo brought in 3.9m.

Display team

This year's show will also commemorate the 60th anniversary of the end of WWII, including a performance by the 1,000-strong cast of the theme tune to television's Band of Brothers and a rendition of a specially composed piece, Lest We Forget, by a lone piper.

The massed pipes and drums will include Scotland's six infantry regiments along with the Melbourne-based Rats of Tobruk, The City of Wellington and The South African Irish, who will perform various naval tunes as well as music commemorating the victories in Europe and Japan.

The Imps Motorcycle Display Team from London's Docklands, the Band and Bugles of the Light Division and Highland Dancers from Scotland and New Zealand are also among the performers.

Brigadier Jameson
It was a very important battle in the history of Britain and I hope that in nine minutes we will try and do it justice
Brigadier Melville Jameson
Tattoo producer

A crack commando unit from the Royal Marines will perform a dramatic "Indiana Jones" pastiche including "fast-roping" and "death-sliding" from the castle ramparts down to the Esplanade, as well as a display of unarmed combat.

Other highlights include the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force Steel Orchestra, the Russian Cossack State Dance Company and the Guard of His Majesty the King of Norway band and drill team.

The nine-minute re-enactment of Admiral Lord Nelson's victory at Trafalgar will take place towards the end of the show.

Review of policing

The event's producer, Brigadier Melville Jameson, said: "It was a very important battle in the history of Britain and I hope that in nine minutes we will try and do it justice.

"And the projection on the castle will hopefully provide images that will enhance the performance."

Meanwhile, Lothian and Borders Assistant Chief Constable Ian Dickinson said there was "no specific threat" to this year's Tattoo.

But he said the London terror attacks had prompted a review of policing the "high profile international event".

He said there would be increased searching of bags at the entrance to the Tattoo and he encouraged people to arrive a little earlier.

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