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Last Updated: Friday, 3 August 2007, 16:43 GMT 17:43 UK
Edinburgh tattoo begins its run
Pipes and Drums
More than 1,000 performers are expected at this summer's event
The 58th Edinburgh Military Tattoo has got under way with hundreds of musicians, dancers and riders performing to a sell-out audience.

The event, held on Edinburgh Castle's Esplanade, staged its first show on Friday night.

It paid tribute to the Queen and HRH Prince Philip's Diamond Wedding Anniversary and recognised the 25th anniversary of the Falklands War.

The event also celebrated 150 years of military music.

Organisers said that 500 musicians, 200 dancers, 35 motorcyclists and 30 horses performed at the show, which runs from 3 to 25 August.

Taipei First Girls' Senior High School Honour Guard and Drum Corps

New chief executive and producer Major General Euan Loudon said organisers were "especially pleased" to include the diamond wedding and military music anniversaries in the year's show.

But he added: "We are not overlooking the fact that this year also sees the 25th anniversary of the Falklands War and we shall be duly acknowledging that in the programme."

Those taking part included the Band of The Moscow Military Conservatoire and the First Girls Senior High School Honour Guard and Drum Corps from the Taiwanese capital, Taipei.

Pipers from The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards and The Black Watch, among others, were also performing.

The event celebrates 150 years of military music

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