Edinburgh Tattoo donates £1m to charities after sell-out year

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo has announced it will donate £1 million across 13 charities after another sell-out year.

Monday, 10th September 2018, 9:22 am
Updated Monday, 10th September 2018, 9:25 am
The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo enjoyed another sell-out year. Picture: Contributed

Organisers of the Tattoo, enjoyed by thousands at Edinburgh Castle throughout August, said £775,000 will go to Armed Services beneficiaries including the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, Army in Scotland Trust, and Scottish National War Memorial.

Arts organisations will also benefit, with the Edinburgh International Festival receiving a donation of £20,000 and the Royal Lyceum Theatre to collect £5,000.

The remaining £200,000 will go to the Tattoo’s Youth Talent Development Fund and an Edinburgh City Council fund to increase access to the arts.

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Rucelle Soutar, head of finance for The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, said: “We are beyond thrilled to mark our third consecutive £1 million donations in support for military, veterans and the arts.

“A strong component of this year’s donation has been awarded to organisations that will continue to engage people, especially young people, with the Armed Forces; support and care for veterans as well as inspiring the next generation of musicians and dancers.

“All of this will help to sustain the Tattoo and all that lies behind.”