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Spectacular Belfast Tattoo in tribute to Somme fallen [Photos]

By David Young

Published 02/09/2016

The massed pipes and drums pictured during final rehearsals on Wednesday 31st August for the 2016 Belfast Tattoo which will be on Thursday, 1st, Friday 2nd & Saturday 3rd September. Senior drum major Brian Wilson MBE (foreground of photo) is wearing the Belfast Tattoo Tartan specially designed and made for the Belfast Tattoo.
The massed pipes and drums pictured during final rehearsals on Wednesday 31st August for the 2016 Belfast Tattoo which will be on Thursday, 1st, Friday 2nd & Saturday 3rd September. Senior drum major Brian Wilson MBE (foreground of photo) is wearing the Belfast Tattoo Tartan specially designed and made for the Belfast Tattoo.
Senior drum major Brian Wilson MBE (Lomond & Clyde Pipe Band) pictured with drum majors Maurice Brown (Coldstream Guards), Stephen Chapman (Pride of Ballinran Flute Band) and John Smilie (Irish Guards) at the final rehearsal on Wednesday 31st August for the 2016 Belfast Tattoo. Brian is wearing the Belfast Tattoo Tartan specially designed and made for the Belfast Tattoo.
Combined Coldstream and Irish Guards The Belfast Tattoo takes place at the SSE Arena in Belfast , Northern Ireland on September 1st 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
Combined Coldstream and Irish Guards The Belfast Tattoo takes place at the SSE Arena in Belfast , Northern Ireland on September 1st 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
Combined Coldstream and Irish Guards The Belfast Tattoo takes place at the SSE Arena in Belfast , Northern Ireland on September 1st 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
Liberation The Belfast Tattoo takes place at the SSE Arena in Belfast , Northern Ireland on September 1st 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
Combined Coldstream and Irish Guards The Belfast Tattoo takes place at the SSE Arena in Belfast , Northern Ireland on September 1st 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
Liberation The Belfast Tattoo takes place at the SSE Arena in Belfast , Northern Ireland on September 1st 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
Liberation The Belfast Tattoo takes place at the SSE Arena in Belfast , Northern Ireland on September 1st 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
Liberation The Belfast Tattoo takes place at the SSE Arena in Belfast , Northern Ireland on September 1st 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
Liberation The Belfast Tattoo takes place at the SSE Arena in Belfast , Northern Ireland on September 1st 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
Liberation The Belfast Tattoo takes place at the SSE Arena in Belfast , Northern Ireland on September 1st 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
Liberation The Belfast Tattoo takes place at the SSE Arena in Belfast , Northern Ireland on September 1st 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
Highland Dancers The Belfast Tattoo takes place at the SSE Arena in Belfast , Northern Ireland on September 1st 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
Liberation The Belfast Tattoo takes place at the SSE Arena in Belfast , Northern Ireland on September 1st 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
Highland Dancers The Belfast Tattoo takes place at the SSE Arena in Belfast , Northern Ireland on September 1st 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
Highland Dancers The Belfast Tattoo takes place at the SSE Arena in Belfast , Northern Ireland on September 1st 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
Highland Dancers The Belfast Tattoo takes place at the SSE Arena in Belfast , Northern Ireland on September 1st 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
Highland Dancers The Belfast Tattoo takes place at the SSE Arena in Belfast , Northern Ireland on September 1st 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
Highland Dancers The Belfast Tattoo takes place at the SSE Arena in Belfast , Northern Ireland on September 1st 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
Highland Dancers The Belfast Tattoo takes place at the SSE Arena in Belfast , Northern Ireland on September 1st 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
Highland Dancers The Belfast Tattoo takes place at the SSE Arena in Belfast , Northern Ireland on September 1st 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
McDonald Memorial Pipe Band The Belfast Tattoo takes place at the SSE Arena in Belfast , Northern Ireland on September 1st 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
Arran Pipe Band The Belfast Tattoo takes place at the SSE Arena in Belfast , Northern Ireland on September 1st 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
McDonald Memorial Pipe Band The Belfast Tattoo takes place at the SSE Arena in Belfast , Northern Ireland on September 1st 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
Arran Pipe Band The Belfast Tattoo takes place at the SSE Arena in Belfast , Northern Ireland on September 1st 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
McDonald Memorial Pipe Band The Belfast Tattoo takes place at the SSE Arena in Belfast , Northern Ireland on September 1st 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
McDonald Memorial Pipe Band The Belfast Tattoo takes place at the SSE Arena in Belfast , Northern Ireland on September 1st 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
McDonald Memorial Pipe Band The Belfast Tattoo takes place at the SSE Arena in Belfast , Northern Ireland on September 1st 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
McDonald Memorial Pipe Band The Belfast Tattoo takes place at the SSE Arena in Belfast , Northern Ireland on September 1st 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
The Belfast Tattoo takes place at the SSE Arena in Belfast , Northern Ireland on September 1st 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
The Belfast Tattoo takes place at the SSE Arena in Belfast , Northern Ireland on September 1st 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
Arran Pipe Band The Belfast Tattoo takes place at the SSE Arena in Belfast , Northern Ireland on September 1st 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
The Belfast Tattoo takes place at the SSE Arena in Belfast , Northern Ireland on September 1st 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
The Belfast Tattoo takes place at the SSE Arena in Belfast , Northern Ireland on September 1st 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
McDonald Memorial Pipe Band The Belfast Tattoo takes place at the SSE Arena in Belfast , Northern Ireland on September 1st 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
McDonald Memorial Pipe Band The Belfast Tattoo takes place at the SSE Arena in Belfast , Northern Ireland on September 1st 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
McDonald Memorial Pipe Band The Belfast Tattoo takes place at the SSE Arena in Belfast , Northern Ireland on September 1st 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
McDonald Memorial Pipe Band The Belfast Tattoo takes place at the SSE Arena in Belfast , Northern Ireland on September 1st 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
Liberation The Belfast Tattoo takes place at the SSE Arena in Belfast , Northern Ireland on September 1st 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
Liberation The Belfast Tattoo takes place at the SSE Arena in Belfast , Northern Ireland on September 1st 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
Liberation The Belfast Tattoo takes place at the SSE Arena in Belfast , Northern Ireland on September 1st 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
Combined Coldstream and Irish Guards The Belfast Tattoo takes place at the SSE Arena in Belfast , Northern Ireland on September 1st 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
Liberation The Belfast Tattoo takes place at the SSE Arena in Belfast , Northern Ireland on September 1st 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
Liberation The Belfast Tattoo takes place at the SSE Arena in Belfast , Northern Ireland on September 1st 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
Highland Dancers The Belfast Tattoo takes place at the SSE Arena in Belfast , Northern Ireland on September 1st 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
Highland Dancers The Belfast Tattoo takes place at the SSE Arena in Belfast , Northern Ireland on September 1st 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
Combined Coldstream and Irish Guards The Belfast Tattoo takes place at the SSE Arena in Belfast , Northern Ireland on September 1st 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
Highland Dancers The Belfast Tattoo takes place at the SSE Arena in Belfast , Northern Ireland on September 1st 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
McDonald Memorial Pipe Band The Belfast Tattoo takes place at the SSE Arena in Belfast , Northern Ireland on September 1st 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
Arran Pipe Band The Belfast Tattoo takes place at the SSE Arena in Belfast , Northern Ireland on September 1st 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
McDonald Memorial Pipe Band The Belfast Tattoo takes place at the SSE Arena in Belfast , Northern Ireland on September 1st 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
The Belfast Tattoo takes place at the SSE Arena in Belfast , Northern Ireland on September 1st 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
Arran Pipe Band The Belfast Tattoo takes place at the SSE Arena in Belfast , Northern Ireland on September 1st 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
McDonald Memorial Pipe Band The Belfast Tattoo takes place at the SSE Arena in Belfast , Northern Ireland on September 1st 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
Pipers , drummers and performers at the Belfast Tattoo in the SSE
Pipers , drummers and performers at the Belfast Tattoo in the SSE
Pipers , drummers and performers at the Belfast Tattoo in the SSE

The stirring skirl of the pipes set feet tapping last night as the Belfast Tattoo got under way at the city's SSE Arena.

Thousands of fans from near and far packed the venue to enjoy the colourful sight of the bands, precision marching and the style and grace of Highland and Irish dancers.

A century on from the Battle of the Somme, the 2016 Tattoo marks and pays tribute to all of those men and boys who selflessly gave their lives.

Now established as an annual event, this year's Tattoo has brought 600 performers, local and international, to the city.

This is the fourth year of the spectacular attraction supported by the Belfast Telegraph, and the three-day programme showcases some of the finest marching bands, musicians, and dancers from across Northern Ireland, the Republic and the Netherlands.

Last night's show reached its peak with the grand finale, when the massed pipes and drums joined together to play a rousing version of It's Long Way To Tipperary - the song of many soldiers as they marched to war 100 years ago.

It closed with Ulster piper Derek Boyce playing the specially written Lament For the Somme, bringing a final sombre and reflective note to an evening filled with sound and spectacle.

Combined Coldstream and Irish Guards
The Belfast Tattoo takes place at the SSE Arena in Belfast , Northern Ireland on September 1st 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
Combined Coldstream and Irish Guards The Belfast Tattoo takes place at the SSE Arena in Belfast , Northern Ireland on September 1st 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
Liberation
The Belfast Tattoo takes place at the SSE Arena in Belfast , Northern Ireland on September 1st 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
Liberation The Belfast Tattoo takes place at the SSE Arena in Belfast , Northern Ireland on September 1st 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )

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