150 Cadets Perform Mini-Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle


The Massed Bands and the Pipes and Drums of the Cadet Organisations in Scotland will perform their spectacular Beating Retreat ceremony on the Esplanade of Edinburgh Castle at 19.00 on Saturday 28 April 2018.

Up to 150 Cadets from across the country will take part in this colourful display of military music and precision drill. The Scottish Government Minister for Further and Higher Education – Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP – will take the Salute at the ceremony.

Further and Higher Education Minister, Shirley-Anne Somerville, said:

“I am looking forward to taking part in what I’m sure will be a fantastic performance from our very talented cadets. It is fitting that, in the Year of Young People 2018, we shine a light on the work that youth organisations, like the Cadet Association, are making in helping our young people to be successful, confident and effective individuals.

“Through the Cadet Experience, young people from all backgrounds can gain qualifications, and develop skills, attributes and attitudes that prepare them for adulthood and the workplace. It will be good to see many young cadets on Saturday take their moment in the spotlight on the Edinburgh Castle Esplanade.”

President of the Army Cadet Force Association Scotland, Col. Robbie Gibson, said:

“Beating Retreat is a fantastic spectacle and a highlight of many young people’s time in the Cadets. The Cadets will showcase their incredible musical talents in front of an audience of invited guests and members of the public.

“Beating Retreat traces its origins back to the 17th Century yet remains relevant today as it exemplifies the teamwork, skill, discipline and fun that is engrained in the cadet experience.

“As 2018 is Scotland’s Year of Young People, we are delighted that the Ms Somerville is able to join us as Reviewing Officer, and to see first-hand the talents of the young people taking part.”

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