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Edinburgh Military Tattoo Gets International Flavour

The 68th edition of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo opens tonight in the Scottish capital...

The 68th Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo opens tonight in the Scottish capital.

Since 1950, crowds and performers from across the world have travelled to be a part of the military show.

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo attracts thousands of spectators every August, and last night saw the press preview of the event.

It features cast of over 1,200 performers, five UK military bands and over 250 pipers and drummers.

But, it is the international influence that sets the Tattoo aside, as Royal Navy commander Captain Chris Smith explains:

"It's a really international gathering, and the sense of friendship as well as the international exchange of culture that takes place is very special indeed."

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Acts from across the globe are taking part this year, including a first-time performance from Japan.

Acts from across the globe are taking part this year, including a first time performance from Japan.

Commander Vijay D’Cruz, from the Indian naval band, says:

"It's a great experience, coming and playing with different people, different military bands.

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Some acts only arrived in the country this week, and excitement has been building since rehearsals took place at Edinbugh's Redford Barracks.

"A lot of the work is done beforehand," says Officer Cadet Jack Holmes.

"When we come here the idea is we're supposed to just be fitting things together - obviously it never turns out like that!

"It's been good fun - everybody knows the music, it's just getting everybody slotted together."

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Alongside the newcomers were personnel with many years experience of the event.

Corporal Graeme Tait, 2 SCOTS, says:

"It's electric, I always get butterflies.

"I think you've got to be a little bit nervous - if you're not nervous, it's not quite right."

Over the next three weeks, 220,000 people will visit Edinburgh Castle to see the show, and millions more across the world will watch it broadcast on television.

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