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Americans in Scotland

Written by Charlene Gunnells
Wednesday, 11 August 2010 04:33

There was a nice surprise at last night's Tattoo performance.

pinewood_prepThe crowd response to our band's performance was the best it has been yet thanks in part to a large group of students from Pinewood Preparatory School in Summerville and a good contingent of Americans scattered throughout the audience. The group from Pinewood is a group of drama students who were selected to perform in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, a huge arts festival taking place in the city at the same time as Tattoo. They are performing "OZ,” a world premier play written for them by Don Zolidis.

They were an enthusiastic bunch, and we appreciated them cheering for the Regimental Band and Pipes.

We've run into a lot of people from the United States while in Edinburgh. Before each night's performance cadets stand outside Geoffrey (Tailor)'s Edinburgh Old Town Weaving Co. just outside Edinburgh Castle and watch the crowds come into the grandstands. The weaving mill is where the cadets wait until it is their turn to perform. As many folks from home know the cadet full dress salt and pepper uniform (gray tux style jacket, white pants and plume hat) attracts attention. People come up to the cadets all the time to take their picture or pose in pictures with them. We've seen people from Ohio, South Carolina, Florida, North Carolina, California and Virginia. They always approach the cadets, share where they are from, ask questions about The Citadel and wish them well on their performance. The tourists -- from the French to the Chinese -- and residents of Edinburgh and other parts of Scotland are also curious about the cadets. People in Scotland have great love, respect and support for the military servicemen and women here and are equally gracious to our cadets.

Photo: Pinewood Prep students in the audience at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. They are the ones standing about six rows up.

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