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Video: First Belfast Tattoo at the Odyssey Arena proves a success

By Gary Grattan

The first ever Belfast Tattoo has proved a resounding success, with a sell-out 11,000 people attending the two performances at the Odyssey Arena.

Show producer/director Colin Wasson said plans were already well underway for next year's event and they were looking towards staging it every year until 2020 - and even beyond.

"This has been three years in the making. If you look around on YouTube you will see the number of people who have been involved in this - the number of musicians, the number of dancers, all of whom have given of their spare time over a period of a year or so to make this happen. It is to them we should owe all the applause," he said.

Dame Mary Peters, who took the salute at the end of the second show, said: "I was at the Edinburgh Tattoo taking the salute earlier this year but it's great to have our own tattoo here in Belfast. You can just sense the excitement."

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster - who also attended the second performance - said: "When I look around and see all the crowds I know this is such a popular event - and I hope it is the first of many tattoos in Belfast.

"There is a long history of Ulster Scots in Northern Ireland and we have many award-winning bands, some of them world champion bands - so it is only but right we have our own tattoo."

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