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Edinburgh Military Tattoo unveils new chief

Brig David Allfrey
Image caption Brig David Allfrey said he was "honoured" to have been given the new job

A new producer has been announced for the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Brig David Allfrey MBE, until recently commander of 51 Scottish Brigade in Stirling, will take over from Maj Gen Euan Loudon.

Edinburgh Lord Provost George Grubb said the Tattoo was "very lucky" to have secured such talent and quality.

Brig Allfrey, 51, said he was honoured and was looking forward to taking the spectacle, which is 60 years old, to "the next level".

He said: "I am honoured to be picking up the baton from a long line of distinguished former producers who have done so much over the last 60 years to put this iconic event onto the global stage.

"I look forward to playing my part in taking the tattoo to a new level and producing an imaginative public spectacle which showcases the very best of what our country's military and civilian musical heritage has to offer".

'First class'

Mr Allfrey was commissioned into the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards in 1979 and commanded the regiment from 2000 until 2002.

Edinburgh Lord Provost George Grubb, chairman of the Tattoo's board of trustees, said: "The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is very lucky to have secured the appointment of David Allfrey's talents and quality to lead this spectacular event into the next chapter of its amazing story.

"He has experience at home and on the international stage of working with military musicians, pipers and musical artists from all corners of the world.

"David's initial focus will be on the successful delivery of the new stands project and, to produce a Tattoo in the summer of 2011 which exceeds audience expectations."

There have been only seven producers of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo: Lt Col George Malcolm of Poltalloch (1950-51), Brig Alistair MacLean of Pennycross (1952-67), Brig Jack Sanderson (1968-76), Lt Col Leslie Dow (1976-91), Maj Michael Parker (1992-94), and Brig Melville Jameson (1995-2006). Brig Allfrey succeeds Maj Gen Loudon, a former Governor of Edinburgh Castle, who has produced the Tattoo since 2007.

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