Monday 21st August 2017 saw Clan Gregor take part in the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo accompanied by the Hannays and Buchanans. It was a fabulous evening.
We met at the Royal McGregor bar restaurant for a meal beforehand and then moved up the Royal Mile, banners flying and pipers playing, to the rendezvous point near the castle where we were greeted by our Clan Page, Miss Daisy Macnab of Macnab.
The scene at the castle was wonderful – a combination of history, pageantry and film set. Being within the ramparts and walking over the cobbled stones with groups of pipers and performers all around was truly awe inspiring.
At the reception in the Great Hall we were warmly greeted by Brigadier David Allfrey, briefed thoroughly and amusingly by the Garrison Sergeant Major and given rousing speeches by Sir Malcolm, chief David Hannay and George McAusland of the Buchanans. The Great Hall, itself, was spectacular with a magnificent painting of the capture of the French standard at the Battle of Waterloo and the walls hung with weapons. – Then we were off.
In line of march, pipes playing and patrolling down through the castle, the sense of occasion gripped us once more. Heads held high, we moved past the waiting REMT performers to the cheers of the Jacobite clan re-enactors and arrived at the Gates. – A deep breath, a roar to announce our arrival and then we were through – Into the arena, lights, cameras, thousands cheering, people smiling and waving, the welcome drowning the initial commentary.
Taking up position by the red carpet, prior to the arrival of the guest of honour, the French Admiral Patrick Chevallareau, we then witnessed Sir Malcolm and the chiefs take part in the welcome to all and the Gaelic Toast to the Chief of Chiefs, her Majesty the Queen.
And then it was over. – Up to our seats, smiling and happy, for a splendid evening’s entertainment.
A truly memorable occasion and an absolute privilege for all.
Sincere thanks to all who took part and commiserations to those who couldn’t.
Sincere thanks, also, to Richard Findlay of Fotofling who took such wonderful photographs.
To view the MacGregor Clan Album and the photographs of the Tattoo see
www.fotoflingscotland.co.uk – Galleries – Events – Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo – Clan Event.
The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo has been taking place since 1950. It is run for charitable causes and is broadcast on BBC television each year. The Tattoo attracts over 200,000 spectators annually, with a further 100 million watching the televised showings in 30 different countries. It comprises military bands from British, Commonwealth and International armed forces, massed Pipes and Drums and spectacular performers from all over the world. – If you are coming from abroad, it is a definite highlight of your visit to Scotland.