Maltese pipers to perform at ‘the greatest show on Earth’

Maltese pipers will take part in this summer’s spectacular Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Members of the Wallace Pipes and Drums, based in Zurrieq, will perform in front of tens of thousands of spectators on the Edinburgh Castle Esplanade.

The event, described as ‘the greatest show on Earth’, is also broadcast worldwide to an annual television audience of 100 million.

It is the second time the Maltese band have taken part in the event in the Scottish capital, having first performed there in 2013.

One year later, the Armed Forces of Malta band played at the Tattoo, with the facade of Edinburgh Castle lit up with several Maltese Crosses.

Marlon Tanti from Wallace Pipes and Drums told 89.7 Bay: ‘Being the first Maltese pipe band to take part in such an event, Wallace Pipes and Drums is honoured to have given its service alongside other military regiments and bands.’

He added: ‘In two weeks we will be repeating this experience, which we have been working hard for.

‘We have new uniforms, new percussion instruments, and have been studying our tunes and rehearsing every possible moment we can.’

The Maltese band will perform alongside pipes and drums from nations across the Commonwealth, including Scotland, Australia, South Africa, England, Canada, India, Wales, Barbados and New Zealand.

The Edinburgh Tattoo runs from August 4 to 26.

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