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by Alison Brinkworth (subscribe)
Freelance journalist in Birmingham with a passion for the dynamic theatre, art, food and fashion scene in Britain's 'Second City'.
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25th anniversary show set to dazzle
Britain's biggest indoor military tattoo marks its 25th anniversary with a spectacular show at Birmingham NIA.

Tattoo, Birmingham, NIA
The military tattoo comes to Birmingham NIA

Featuring more than 1200 performers, the tattoo includes marching bands, gymnasts, dog display teams and a field gun.

This year's 25th Birmingham International Tattoo takes place on Saturday November 30 at 6pm and Sunday December 1 at 2pm. Military bands from Norway, Belgium, Slovenia and Britain take part, including the Royal Air Force.

Representing Norway will be the world famous Band and Drill Contingent of the King's Guard and joining them will be the Royal Band of the Belgium Navy and the Slovenian Services Band, both well known for their marching displays across Europe.

Nearer to home, the Royal Air Force Band will demonstrate their musical skills in this special year which also marks the 70th Anniversary of the RAF Association. Representing the youth of the UK will be the Air Training Corps National Band and the National Youth Marching Band.

Alongside the bands will be displays including the Inter-Service Field Gun Competition, which proves how both sheer strength and agility are needed to control the heavy guns as they carry on a tradition that draws its origins from the Siege of Ladysmith during the Boer War.

The three hour show also has one the popular dog display and the Blue Falcons gymnastics display.

The Tattoo will culminate in a Spectacular Grand Finale featuring all performers in a spectacle of light and sound. They will be joined by the British Tenor Tim Pitman and singer Rebecca Robinson.

While the Closing Ceremony will feature the Royal Air Force Cosford Queen's Colour and Escort, the traditional Land of Hope and Glory, the Evening Hymn, the Lone Piper and some special surprises.

Birmingham Tattoo Producer Norman Rogerson MBE said, "This year's line-up is one of the very best in our 25 year history and we are really looking forward to a full three hour show with something for all the family."

Tickets are priced between 12.50 - 27.50 at The Ticket Factory or by calling 0844 338 8000. Reduced prices are available for children, senior citizens and groups of 10 or more.
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Why? Spectacular military displays
When: November 30 - December 1
Phone: 0844 338 8000
Where: Birmingham NIA
Cost: 12.50 - 27.50
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