Royal show: don’t miss this year’s military tattoo

2011-05-24 00:00

ONE thing that the Royal Show will not be short of is entertainment. One of the significant entertainment events that will be featured at the Royal Showgrounds are three military tattoos presented by the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) from Friday to Sunday starting at 6 pm.

The Military Tattoo is returning to the Royal Showgrounds for the second time, following a good response last year, said SANDF Staff Sergeant Johann Kruger.

The Tattoo is usually an hour- and-a-half long.

Now known as the KwaZulu-Natal Tattoo, the event was known as the Durban Military Tattoo during the 1980s. The spectacle continues to show the military culture and music available in the province.

“Military music remains a perennial favourite and various events involving military parades have established themselves globally as tourist attractions,” Kruger said.

“An extravaganza of all things military has been enjoyed by locals and visitors alike in various stadiums.”

The tattoo has a historic background and dates back to the British Army in the 17th century. The word “tattoo”, earlier tap-too, derive from the Dutch words tap toe, which have the same meaning.

Kruger said the main aim of this year’s event is to celebrate various units that have been awarded the Freedom of Entry to various provincial cities. The event promises to be a display that every South African will be proud of.

Don’t miss out on the edu­tainment that comes with attending the Royal Show from this Friday to June 5.

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