The Edinburgh military tattoo takes place every August and September, and is known throughout the world. For 90 minutes on five or six nights a week, 600 people per form under floodlights. They are surrounded on three sides by an audience of 9,000. On the fourth side is the castle itself which provides an exciting setting for the evening’s performance of military music, marching and other spectacular displays.
The name tattoo has an interesting origin. Traditionally solders were told to return to the living-quarters each night by a beat of the drum which sounded like ‘tat-too’. After this time the pubs would serve them no more whisky.
On the final night of the display the sky is filled with the bright colours of exploding fireworks.
The athletic events at the Highlands games are traditional, and not included in the modern Olympic games. What are the names of the different Highland events? Compare them with the athletic events at the Olympics.