From the Field Gun competition to the Massed Parade of Standards to the Dog Display there is something for all the family during the Birmingham International Tattoo on Saturday 10th February 2024 at 6pm and Sunday 11th February 2024 at 2pm.
The performers below are expected to perform at the 2024 Tattoo.
Royal Air Force Cosford King's Colour
The King's Colour originated as the Queen's Colour when it was initially presented to the No 1 School of Technical Training on 25 July 1952 by Her Majesty The Queen, but as a result of her passing on the 8 September 2022, the Queen's Colour is now referred to as the King's Colour. The Colour is unique in being the only one in any of the armed Services which is paraded by non-commissioned servicemen, a privilege which normally only falls to commissioned officers.
RNRMC Field Gun Competition
At the Birmingham Tattoo, gun crews from the Royal Navy, the Army and the Royal Air Force will perform many of the actions that have become part of this competitive activity, including the need to unlimber the items, carry the gun, wheels and limber - approximately one ton in total, the weight of a family car - and fire the gun at the end of the run. Please cheer on the teams as they race for the honour of being the fastest team at the Birmingham International Tattoo.
Parade of Massed Standards
The Tattoo has become one of the few occasions in the UK where you can see such a massed collection of standards together. As well as the Royal British Legion and Royal Air Forces Association, we are also pleased to welcome the Federation of Birmingham Ex-Service Associations which has about 40 member associations from the armed services regimental associations, and various campaign associations.
British Flyball Dog Display
Flyball is a team relay race with four dogs in each team. The object of the race is for each dog to jump four low hurdles, trigger a 'Flyball Box', catch the tennis ball and return over the jumps to the start and finish line. As soon as the first dog is back the second can go, and so on until all four dogs have returned with their balls. The first team to have all four dogs back without fault wins that particular race.
United Kingdom Disco Display Team
Dance schools everywhere play a valuable role in keeping children fit and healthy and giving them a focus. We are pleased that we are able to offer these groups a stage to demonstrate their energy, enthusiasm and enjoyment for the art of dance. There are so few opportunities for such a group to appear in front of such large appreciative audiences and the Birmingham Tattoo organisers once again are happy to be able to offer them the chance to perform as one large group.
Guest Vocal Soloist
British Tenor Tim Pitman
We welcome back British Tenor Tim Pitman who will perform at the Birmingham International Tattoo and join all the performers for the spectacular Grand Finale including the ever-popular Land of Hope and Glory and other vocal favourites.
The Ministry of Defence Cadet Forces
The Ministry of Defence sponsors and supports five cadet forces who will be on parade at the Tattoo, including representatives from the Sea Cadet Corps, the Volunteer Cadet Corps, the Army Cadet Force, the Air Training Corps and the Combined Cadet Force.
The Birmingham Tattoo Arena Party
For over 20 years King Charles I School Combined Cadet Force has provided Arena Support for all groups involved in the show at the Birmingham Tattoo. The C.C.F. is comprised of pupils aged between 13 and 18 from King Charles I School Kidderminster. Cadets are primarily responsible for taking equipment into and out of the arena and making sure all acts enter and leave at the correct times.
The Wreath of Respect
The Wreath of Respect will join us again at this year's Birmingham International Tattoo. The wreath is hand-made of steel, weighs about 10lb and consists of 9 poppies surrounding a horse-shoe and the Exhortation. It is for all nations and promotes Remembrance, Respect, Peace and Reconciliation.