Highlands & Islands

Inverness Military Tattoo scrapped

Soldier. Pic: MoD
Image caption Military commitments to overseas operations have had an impact

The Inverness Military Tattoo has been scrapped after 60 years.

Organisers said cutbacks in the armed forces and units' commitments to operations overseas were among the reasons for the event's cancellation.

The tattoo, which raised funds for cadet organisations, marked its diamond jubilee last year.

The organising committee said its struggle to find volunteers, funds and acts had reached a point where the summer event could not continue.

In a statement, it said the tattoo was "retiring from active service".

The celebration, held at the city's Northern Meeting Park, had featured the Sea Cadet Corps, Army Cadet Force, Air Training Corps, the reserve armed forces and regular units.

It was held over six nights and included performances by pipe bands and dancers.

Organisers said that in recent years it had experienced difficulties in staging the performances.

They said this was "due to the increased time commitments required for present day cadet training programmes, the withdrawal of regular and reserve armed forces support acts due to increased deployments overseas, as well as Ministry of Defence cutbacks".

The committee added: "This has all had an impact on the committee's ability to provide a financially viable, varied and entertaining show despite continued strong support from local performers."

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