Cape Town Military Tattoo: The Final Muster and the Lone Piper

As soon as the smoke had cleared after the final salvo of the 1812 Overture, it was time for the Final Muster. All the participants in the evening’s performance returned to the brightly lit-up arena one final time, filling the entire front courtyard of the Castle. They were followed by the regimental flag bearers and the bearers of the South African national flag, who took up their positions towards the front.

The regimental flag bearers have taken their place behind the Castle Guard with their halberds

After the bands had played the traditional “Nightfall in Camp”, everyone stood to attention for the playing and singing of the National Anthem, while the people in uniform saluted crisply. It was another one of those goosebump moments…

Everyone stands for the singing of the National Anthem

Thereafter, the melancholy strains of Auld Lang Syne filled the air, and the Last Post was played. Suddenly, the lights dimmed, and a spotlight illuminated the Lone Piper on the roof of the inner wall.

The Tattoo participants, the crowds of spectators, the ancient Castle, and the modern highrise buildings of the City beyond

Usually, I only get a rather blurry and long-distance shot of him from far below, but on the final night of the tattoo, I was allowed to follow WO1 L Robertson (thank you!) and the Lone Piper Hugh Veitch up onto the roof of the inner wall, and thus got some fabulous photos from the top.

The Lone Piper on the inner wall, silhouetted against the bright lights of the City

What a perfect and unforgettable ending to my first behind-the-scenes Cape Town Military Tattoo!


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  1. Pingback: Colourful costumes, thundering drums and skirling bagpipes: Announcing the Cape Town Military Tattoo 2012! | Grains of Sand

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