More than 1,000 performers at Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Edinburgh

Tattoo Steel drummers from Trinidad and Tobago will take part in this year's Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

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More than 1,000 performers including 35 Zulu warriors, 40 fiddlers and 45 steel drummers are to take part in this year's Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

The programme will mark the 350th anniversary of the Royal Marines and the centenary of World War One.

More than 97% of tickets have been sold for the 24-performance, three-week run on the Castle Esplanade.

About 220,000 visitors will see the show over the three weeks.

The 2014 theme is Our Home, Friends and Family.

Brigadier David Allfrey, Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo chief executive and producer, said: "I am fortunate to have the opportunity to travel to the ends of our inhabited earth to meet our friends and allies and am always struck by the impact that Scotland has made and the warmth with which visitors are greeted.

"And, nowhere is this more evident than across the countries of the Commonwealth."

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