November 03, 2010
Cape Town Military Tattoo starts today
The dress rehearsal for the Cape Town Military Tattoo at the Castle of Good Hope. Photos by Roy Barford
The 2010 Cape Town Military Tattoo will be held at the Castle of Good Hope tonight, as well as on Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. South Africa’s oldest building provides the perfect setting for this event, which is a must for those who enjoy military music and marching.
South African National Defence Force regulars and reserves will be joined by visiting military bands, as well as musicians and performers, in strutting their stuff from 20h00 each night.
Several hundred people attended the dress rehearsal last night and were entertained by historical re-enactments, canons, muskets, marching bands, drummers, bagpipers, mounted policemen, drum majorettes and more.
A wide variety of music was performed, catering for several tastes. From classic brass band tunes to modern dance medleys for the drum majorettes display, there was a constant beat to keep heads bopping. Some of the tunes included “The River Kwai March” from the 1957 classic The Bridge on the River Kwai, as well as “Scotland the Brave” and “Anchors Aweigh”.
The dress rehearsal event was slick and well-organised. Even the cleaning up of the horse manure after the mounted police display was executed with military precision!
Annie September, a member of the audience who had never seen a military parade before last night, said it was an amazing experience: “They must practice so hard to get it right like that,” she said. “And it is so nice here inside the castle walls. I can’t believe I’ve never come in here before – and I’ve lived in Cape Town all my life.”
Tickets, available from Computicket, cost R80 to R100 for adults and R40 for children, while those younger than five get in for free, provided they sit on the lap of an accompanying adult.
Gates open at 17h30. For more details, phone +27 (0)21 787 1162.