Kirkcudbright Tattoo bring summer to end

The Stewartry Area Wind Band and Galloway Pipers march off the parade arena.'GG 3008117 11
The Stewartry Area Wind Band and Galloway Pipers march off the parade arena.'GG 3008117 11

THE streets of Kirkcudbright were jam-packed on Monday evening for the finale of the town’s summer festivities programme - the infamous Kirkcudbright Tattoo.

Early crowds began to cram onto the pavements around St Cuthbert Street before 6pm with their folding chairs and blankets to ensure a prime spot for the evening’s entertainment, which some feel was one of the best to date.

As the tattoo draws to a close, the massed bands march for a last time under the shadow of the Castle. GG 3008116 11

As the tattoo draws to a close, the massed bands march for a last time under the shadow of the Castle. GG 3008116 11

The local stalwarts, Kirkcudbright and District Pipe Band and Strewartry Area Wind Band along with Galloway Pipers and Troon Blackrock Pipe Band injected the essential Scottish feel and this year’s ‘something different’ came from the Mugen Taiko Dojo Drummers and the UK Federation of Majorettes and Baton Twirlers who had also taken part in Saturday’s parade and were delighted to be so involved.

Also joining in with the theme were the Thornhill Country Dancers, Kay Alexander’s Highland Dancers and the Dunfries and Galloway Branch of Royal Scottish Country Dance Society.

Singing the evening hymn were Hilary Irving and Sue St Joseph before the pipe bands were given permission to march on by Lord Lieutenant Sir Malcolm Ross.

The performers and spectators were treated to a comfortably mild, rain-free evening which culminated in a spectacular and haunting show from 14-year old Coll Marshall of the Kirkcudbright and District Pipe Band, who was illuminated in the castle window against a dark street as he had the honour of carrying out the favourite lone piper portion of the tattoo.

The spectacle was opened by the terrific percussion sound of the Dojo Drummers.'GG 3008121 11

The spectacle was opened by the terrific percussion sound of the Dojo Drummers.'GG 3008121 11

The evening came to a close with a spectacular firework display which lit up the skyline of the town set to perfectly orchestrated music.