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At the Tattoo, Basle, Sunday, 19.7.2015

On Sunday, 19 July 2015, the Association will gather for one among several celebrations of

the 120th Anniversary of the School

with, most fittingly, a healthy dose of Britannia.

This event is one among several in 2015 through which the important birthday of our alma mater is being marked. Come and join us at the Basle Tattoo, the world's second largest and one of the most spectacular open-air tattoos.

The Association has been allocated an excellently-placed group seating block for the 17:30 to 20:00 show.

Bookings closed

The word "Tattoo" is derived from "Doe den tap toe", Dutch for "Last orders" and literally translated as "Close the beer tap".

This year's Basle Tattoo will itself be special as it is marking its 10-year jubilee. The following British formations will be performing:

Band of The Household Cavalry

The Band of The Household Cavalry

The Household Cavalry consists of two regiments: the Life Guards and the Blues and Royals (Royal Horse Guards and 1st Dragoons). They are the senior regular regiments in the British Army, with traditions dating from 1660, and act as the personal bodyguard to Her Majesty The Queen. In Basle, the Band of the Household Cavalry will be performing for the first time beyond the British Isles.

The Imps Motorcycle Display Team

The Imps Motorcycle Display Team

The Imps Motorcycle Display Team, noted for its impeccable smart red tunics and highly disciplined spectacular show originated in the 1970's from The Hackney Adventure Holiday Project that provided holidays in the country for under-privileged young people. Some of the children found a dysfunctional old "motorbike" - one thing led to another and a motorcycle display team, uniquely comprising young people aged six to sixteen, emerged.

The Pipes, Drums and Bugles of the Royal Highland Fusiliers

The Pipes, Drums and Bugles of the Royal Highland Fusiliers

The regiment and current battalion has the unique distinction of carrying three Colours on parade. In addition to the Queen's and Regimental Colours, the third, the Assaye Colour, was originally awarded by the Governor General in India on behalf of the British East India Company to the 74th Highland Regiment for distinguished service at the Battle of Assaye in India in 1803 while under the command of Sir Arthur Wellesley, the future Duke of Wellington.

Pipes and Drums of the Royal Scots Borderers

Pipes and Drums of the Royal Scots Borderers

Raised in Edinburgh in 1689, it was reported that 800 men were recruited within the space of 2 hours, seeing first action against Jacobite rebels. The Borderers played a decisive role at the Battle of Culloden in 1746, ending the Jacobite campaign to overthrow the House of Hanover and restore the House of Stuart to the British throne. With such a rich heritage, the Pipes and Drums have inherited a wealth of regimental music.

Pipes and Drums of the Royal Scots Borderers

Ailsa Craig Highland Dancers

These athletic young people dance nimbly and elegantly to Celtic music with the utmost precision. There are a variety of contests and championships in this discipline in English-speaking regions of the globe. The Ailsa Craig Highland Dancers are an absolutely top formation in Highland dance from Ayr, Scotland.

Band of the Royal Regiment of Scotland

Band of the Royal Regiment of Scotland

The Military Band is an integral part of the distinguished Royal Regiment of Scotland. Within the British Corps of Army Music, the Band is the repository for and authority on Scottish music in all its forms. As such it has a crucial responsibility to maintain and build the repertoire of Scottish music, to keep alive the folk/ceilidh band tradition and to promote the work of Alford, Howe, Lamb and other famous composers, who have served in one or other of the Scottish regiments.

 
 
 
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