Another day of rehearsals for the Cape Town Military Tattoo 2013

On my way down to the Castle of Good Hope on Tuesday morning, I was suddenly struck by how wonderful it was that I was allowed behind the scenes again this year.

I still clearly remember how I sat on the seating stands at the Castle during the 2007, 2008 and 2009 Tattoos, absolutely riveted by the performances, the solemn ceremonies, the thrilling re-enactments, the colourful uniforms, the tough-looking soldiers with their weapons, the stirring music, the thunderous salvoes from the guns during the 1812 Overture, and the extraordinary venue of the historic Castle, with its backdrop of iconic Table Mountain lit up at night.

Promoting the Cape Town Military Tattoo 2013 at Makro’s One Day Carnival

It is early summer in Cape Town: the days are getting longer and warmer, the southeaster wind has picked up speed, and Capetonians are spending more time outdoors… This must mean that it is almost time for the Tattoo!

So, dear friends and visitors to the Mother City, please make a note in your diaries: The Castle of Good Hope in central Cape Town will host this annual display of military might and marvellous music from Thursday, 31 October to Saturday 2 November 2013!

The Western Cape Schools Drill and Marching Festival 2011 at Vygieskraal Stadium in Athlone

Update: The article I wrote about this event has been published in the Reserve Force Volunteer magazine of Summer 2012. Here is the PDF document. Last Saturday, 15 October 2011, I found myself at Vygieskraal Stadium in Johnson Road, Rylands, Athlone. My mission: To take photographs during a mini tattoo at the Western Cape Schools…

A thrilling and informative Women’s Day Event creates awareness of the Defence Reserves among women in business

Update: An article I wrote about this event was published on the Reserve Force Division website. Here is the PDF document. In a previous post about some of the challenges of taking photographs at military events, I mentioned an exciting Women’s Day Event that was organised by the Defence Reserves Provincial Office Western Cape (DRPOWC)…

The Drill Squad of WP SMDEA visits Fort iKapa: Home of the Reserve units in the Western Cape

The dedicated boys and girls making up the drill squad of the Western Province School Marching Drill and Exhibition Association (WP SMDEA) (see previous post) gave up their mid-term holidays, in order to participate in an intensive week of training by members of the SA Army Band Cape Town. The drill squad is part of…