It was an action-packed afternoon and evening at the Castle of Good Hope, in preparation for the Cape Town Military Tattoo 2014. The wet and drizzly weather of yesterday continued for most of the morning, but the sun appeared around midday – just in time for the post-lunch rehearsals in the arena.
We got a first look at some of the acts, having just seen snippets in the previous days.
For the first time, the bikers of the South African Specialist Infantry Capability made an appearance in the arena – with much revving, vroom-vrooming, and leaping from ramps! It made for some thrilling photos, but the Keeper of the Lawns will no doubt be a little perturbed when he arrives for work the next morning.
The vibe was wonderful – the sense of anticipation and excitement is definitely mounting!
Remember to get your tickets at Computicket yet – don’t wait – go now!
Enjoy the pics below – click on any of the photos to see them in a slideshow with captions. 🙂
SA Army Band Kroonstad runs through their routine in the arena
SA Army Band Kroonstad
This year: the zombie walk from Thriller!
Staff Sergeant Daniel Lemos, the Drum Major of the South African Medical Health Services Band
The man with the flags for the flag bearers
Massed military bands lining up
The three drummers have fun
High-level view of the “deploy and protect” drill
The SA Army Band Western Cape
Run, ROR Wranglers – run!
Cape Town Highlanders honour guard
Captain Vernon Michels of the SA Army Band Western Cape
Lt Col Bryan Sterne chats with the impromptu audience
SA Air Force
WO1 Stephen Jordaan, responsible for safety, issues instructions to his team
Staff Sergeant Abrahams of the Cape Town Highlanders takes on the role of Castle Commander who takes receipt of the Gate Key
The crest above the Kat balcony
Muzzle loading cannon
It looks small – but it’s LOUD!
Securing the ‘centre line’ … literally.
Rehearsing the Castle Guard drill
Staff Sergeant Johan Labuschagne of the always entertaining Kroonstad band
“Follow me, I know the way!”
The Cape TOwn Highlanders – deploy and protect!
The man in charge of communications
I’d prefer to be BEHIND these guys… not in front of them…
Whoa! Where’d he come from?!
Major Ian Long consults with the soldiers from SAASIC
I wonder what Neptune is thinking?
That’s not a fall – that’s a deliberate drop.
The bikers rehearse their slide and drop…
It’s not just men in the team!
Gotcha, Brent!! Beware the man with the long lens…
The Sea Cadets march to the mess tent
The dancers from Project 021 rehearse in the arena
Lt Col Bryan Sterne in playful mood
Lt Col Gerald Seekola, Cdr Kenny Leibbrandt and Pipe Major Andrew Imrie
The announcer, Captain John Manning, clarifies a few points with MWO Alfie Wort and his team
Brent, Matt and Ian
Matt Wilke – the man behind the new Cape Town Military Tattoo website and the brilliant Facebook page!