John Gibson: Pupils on song for Tattoo

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Chuffed to bits, the 50 pupils in the Mary Erskine/Stewart’s Melville Junior School’s Choir who’ll play a “significant” role in this year’s Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Says Bryan Lewis, junior Erskine’s headmaster: “Tattoo producer Brigadier David Allfrey, who’ll see the choir in action tomorrow, is keen to have the choir involved this year and impressed by their ambitious choice of material.”

Last I heard, the choir was rehearsing music as diverse as Holst, The Rhythm of Life, Wild Mountain Thyme and – a hit for Louis Armstrong – What a Wonderful World.

Pupils from the schools have “flown the flag” musically in Berlin and Rome. Like Louis sang, ‘tis indeed a wonderful world.

Ray of sunshine

Just back from holidaying in Oz, busy after-dinner speaker George McNeill is one of the speakers along with the BBC’s rugby commentator Ian Robertson and Sean Lineen in Trinity Accies centenary celebrations at Murrayfield on Saturday. The ideal man to fill Bill McLaren’s boots, Ian Robertson.

McNeill’s reputation as a record-breaking pro sprinter still opens doors in Melbourne, he found as he soaked up the sun. Nobody will match his tan at Murrayfield.

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