Exciting update: An article I wrote about the march through the city has been published on the Reserve Force Division website! Here is the PDF document.
The Het Historisch Tamboerkorps van der Koninklijke Marechaussee march through the Lions Gate
Capetonians and visitors to the City Centre were given a wonderful little treat at lunchtime on Monday, in the form of a march by participants in the 2012 Tattoo.
They marched from the Castle and back again via Strand Street, Adderley Street and Darling Street, followed by a convoy of impressive military vehicles.
The strong south-easter that was roaring down from Table Mountain for most of the day, did not dampen the participants’ spirits – although it did whip off some of their hats and give additional lift to those musicians who happened to be carrying bass drums and tubas! Unexpected gusts of wind funnelling down between the narrow streets and tall buildings at an intersection or two also did their best to rearrange the otherwise neat formations! But everyone took these little mishaps in their stride and with a healthy dose of good humour.
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The Castle Guard in their traditional uniforms are led out by Captain Francois Morkel
The SA Army Band Cape Town, led by Drum Major WO2 André van Schalkwyk
Buffeted by the strong winds, they cross the street
The Het Historisch Tamboerkorps van der Koninklijke Marechaussee from the Netherlands march out of the Castle
The Het Historisch Tamboerkorps van der Koninklijke Marechaussee from the Netherlands march through the Lions Gate
The band of the South African Military Health Services
The silent drill team of the SA Navy
The SA Army Band Kroonstad, led by Staff Sergeant Johan Labuschagne
The Botswana Army Band
The participants in the Mortar Run
The beautiful City Hall in Darling Street
The Dutch Band
The SAMHS band
The Drill Squad
The SA Army Band Kroonstad
Botswana Army Band
The MPs escort the bands
Two SAMIL 20 gun tractors of Cape Field Artillery are towing the 25-pounder guns that will be used in the 1812 Overture
The heavy SAMIL 100 gun tractor of Cape Garrison Artillery
With the friendly drivers giving a wave!
It is towing their Oerlikon 35mm twin-barrel quick-firing anti-aircraft cannon
The fearsome Rooikat armoured vehicle of Regiment Oranjerivier
A Ratel vehicle from the Cape Town Highlanders brings up the rear
And to find out more about the Tattoo and the Castle of Good Hope, go here.