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Buxton holds its inaugural military tattoo in Dome

Buxton has hold its first military tattoo.

Organisers hope the event, which featured drill display teams and bands in the Dome, will become part of the town's annual festival.

It comes weeks after the death of Royal Marine Scott Taylor from Buxton, who died in a roadside bombing in Sangin on Sunday, 30 May.

Co-ordinator Maj Jonathan Snodgrass said he would be in the thoughts of everyone present.

18th Century venue

He said: "Wherever the military go they have always, for time immemorial, had bands.

"But it's also poignant in that... as the finale, the bands will mass and do the sunset ceremony, including the evening hymn, and lowering the union flag.

"And at that time we will particularly think of all casualties of military operations around the world and their families - and inevitably in Buxton, at this time, we will be thinking particularly of Marine Scott Taylor and his family."

The event also featured five military bands, a gun race, a drill display and a short tribute to Florence Nightingale in front of 850 paying spectators.

Organisers are hoping to raise more than £10,000 for ABF, the soldiers' charity.

The Dome, once an 18th Century stable block originally built to house the fifth Duke of Devonshire's horses and servants, now forms part of the University of Derby in Buxton.

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