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New producer for Edinburgh Tattoo
The Edinburgh Military Tattoo
More than 1,000 performers are expected at this summer's event
A new producer has been announced for the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Major General Euan Loudon, the current Governor of Edinburgh Castle, will take over from Brigadier Mel Jameson in March next year.

Lord Provost of Edinburgh Lesley Hinds said it was a "major coup" to appoint someone of the major general's calibre.

This year organisers announced they had sold the last of the 208,848 tickets for the two-week event six months ahead of the opening night in August.

'World class festival'

Major General Loudon said "I'm honoured to be stepping in to Mel Jameson's shoes and taking on the leadership of one of Scotland's great success stories.

"The Tattoo has had a fantastic history over a 50-year stretch and it enjoys a reputation as a world-class event sitting at the heart of a world-class festival.

"I am personally very committed to both the Tattoo and to Edinburgh and look forward to the Tattoo playing its role in this inspiring capital."

Brigadier Jameson said: "I'm delighted to hear today the announcement of my successor.

"During his tenure as General Officer Commanding and Governor of the Castle he has been heavily involved in Tattoo matters and has been a huge supporter and great friend.

"His appointment is welcomed by my small team at the Tattoo office and when he is looking to the future I know he is aware of the challenges that lie ahead."

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