Editor's Viewpoint: Tattoo a dazzling spectacle that broadens our horizons
The Belfast Tattoo, which opened to a sell-out audience last night and will run for the next two nights, is a magnificent cultural spectacle which features dance, song and, predominantly, fantastic music from a wide range of marching bands. These are terrifically accomplished musicians who bring their playing to audiences which may normally never hear them.
Northern Ireland's cultural heritage is diverse and often exclusive, but the tattoo is an opportunity for all to broaden their horizons. Imitation is said to be the sincerest form of flattery and now, given the success of the Belfast show, Glasgow is seeing the merit in staging its own tattoo.