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The Northern Command Searchlight Tattoo


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From Knavesmire, York
S.B. from Leeds
The scene of the Tattoo shows the walls of York, and the Minster, with two gates of the city on either side.
Pageant-' Unity and Peace '
The long-drawn-out War of the Roses is portrayed. The rival armies approach one another, and a hand-to-hand combat takes place. Massed Bands play martial music.
As the battle ends, Organ Music and Singing is heard from the Minster, whose stained glass windows gradually light up. The Gates of the Minster open, and an ecclesiastical procession emerges. At the same time, processions of civilians in mediaeval dress converge on the stage from all sides, singing. The rival armies, now at peace, line up on either side. A hymn is sung, and a song of praise, and as the great Amen is heard, all lights die out, except from the Minster windows.
Grand Finale
After a slight pause, the Massed Bands enter from the Minster Gate, followed by the Massed Drums and the various units that have taken part in the Tattoo. When all have taken their places, the first verse of ' Abide with Me ' is played and sung by the Bands and Choir. The second verse is sung by an echo Choir, and the remaining verses by the Band, Choir and Audience. The Pageant concludes with the National Anthem.


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The Northern Command Searchlight Tattoo

5XX Daventry, 16 July 1929 23.33

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