On the evening of Thursday 6th August 2015, Major Darren Hughes, OC B Company, attended at the preview event of The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle. Major Hughes was invited along as a VIP guest by the Commander of 51st Infantry Brigade and Headquarters Scotland, Brigadier Paul Harkness MBE, in recognition of his achievement of being awarded Youth Worker of the Year for Uniformed Organisations earlier this year. The evening began with dinner in the officers mess at Craigiehall where Major Hughes got the opportunity of meeting with members of the Armed Services, Emergency Services, and representatives from local businesses who regularly provide support to the Army in Scotland. Major Hughes gratefully received a medal of excellence from Brigadier Harkness as a token of appreciation for the work that he does. After dinner it was into the transport, which was escorted by Police Scotland motorcycle outriders, to ensure a quick and easy passage to the Castle. On arrival at the Castle it was onto the red carpet before being guided into the Royal Gallery to watch the world famous Edinburgh Military Tattoo. The Tattoo, which lasted for just under two hours, showcased a wide range of acts from all over the world including the Massed Pipes & Drums, The Military Band of the People’s Liberation Army of China, Bollywood dancers and who can forget the Lone Piper, high on the battlements of the Castle playing ‘The Piper of Loos’ to commemorate the Battle of Loos – 100 years ago in 1915.
Major Hughes speaking after the event said:
“The theme of this year’s Tattoo was East meets West. The Tattoo itself was a truly remarkable showcase of extreme talent from all over the world. I am extremely honoured and proud to have been invited along to the Tattoo as a guest of the Commander and would like to pass on my sincere thanks to him and everyone else involved in the organisation of the event for a spectacular evening. I would highly recommend a visit to watch this magnificent showcase”