16 Feb 2005, 02:16:48 PM


Tony Squires will host Channel Seven's broadcast of The Edinburgh Military Tattoo “A Salute to Australia”, which will air over two hours this Sunday February 20 from 8.30pm. The Tattoo, one of the greatest celebrations of popular music anywhere in the world, is also co-hosted by Anna Coren. She will offer behind-the-scenes insight into the making of this event and the background of some of the 1,200 performers involved.

Lisa Fitzpatrick, Channel Seven's Executive Producer of the broadcast, said: “It is a pleasure for the Network to be associated with such a renowned international event and we are delighted to be able to bring this pageantry to the Australian audience, through our exclusive broadcast. This Tattoo features the biggest cast of any Edinburgh Military Tattoo in history and it is fair to say that watching 1,200 musicians and dancers performing in the glow of our very own replica of Edinburgh Castle is truly haunting. Tony and Anna make a great team and expertly guide the audience through this entertaining and historic occasion.”

This is only the second time in the history of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo that it will be staged away from its home at Edinburgh Castle in Scotland and the first time it has ever come to Australia.

A life-size replica of the world-famous Edinburgh Castle towers into the sky at the southern end of Aussie Stadium in Moore Park, forming a stunning backdrop for the Tattoo. Audiences will thrill to the sounds of the Lone Piper and enjoy the spectacle of men, women, pipes, drums and horses entering through the castle gates.

The Tattoo includes the world's finest Military bands from Scotland, Australia, England, New Zealand and Norway, and more than 200 of the world's best Highland Dancers chosen from around Australia and Scotland. Over 1,200 performers including the world famous Massed Pipes and Drums from Scotland, Highland Dancers, HM The King's Guard Norway, Top Secret Drum Corps, Massed Military Bands from Australia and Britain and the fabulous New Zealand Army Band will perform at Sydney's Aussie Stadium along with the acclaimed Australian soloist, Allegra Giagu.

The Edinburgh Military Tattoo “A Salute to Australia” airs

this Sunday February 20 at 8.30pm on Channel Seven.