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The final tattoo on lawns is drummed out in style

By Western Gazette - North Dorset  |  Posted: September 14, 2012

  • PIED PIPERS: Members of the Pipes and Drums of the Wessex Highlanders who performed at the Diamond Jubilee Military Tattoo. The event was the last to be staged at Montacute House near Yeovil and was run in aid of St Margaret's Hospice and Armed Forces charities. Pictures by Laura Jones. WGLJ20120904H

  • SWEET SOUNDS: Spectators enjoyed two hours of stirring open-air music.

  • BRITISH PRIDE: Brian and Marguerite Kirkby, of Yeovil, join in the patriotic fun at the Military Tattoo set in the stunning gardens of Montacute House. For copies of any of the pictures on this page, visit www.thisisphotosales.co.uk/westerngazette

  • GOOD CAUSE: Louise Chapman and her husband Nick, who is chairman of the trustees at St Margaret's Hospice, with Jane Phillips, head of fundraising at the hospice.

  • TASTY TREATS: Craig Macpherson and Lorna Craik, of Martock, were among the many spectators enjoying a picnic at the musical extravaganza.

  • HAVING FUN: Robin Pearmund, Jennifer Chamberlin, Delia Pearmund and Peter Chamberlin, of Isle Brewers, raise a glass at the charity event.

  • FAMILY TIME: Michelle Ingram and her two-year-old daughter with Sue Waters, of Martock, enjoy the evening's entertainment, with Montacute House forming a grand backdrop.

  • CLASS COUPLE: Shirley and Victor Smith, of Ash, among the crowds at the Diamond Jubilee Military Tattoo at Montacute House.

  • GREAT SUCCESS: Organisers of the tattoo Major General Ray Pett and Carol Taylor of St Margaret's Hospice.

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HUNDREDS of music lovers gathered on the lawns at Montacute House near Yeovil last week for two hours of entertainment.

Spectators of the Diamond Jubilee Military Tattoo – the eleventh and last to be held at the National Trust property – enjoyed music from HMS Heron Royal Naval Volunteer Band from RNAS Yeovilton, the Somerset Army Cadet Force Silver Bugles, the Pipes and Drums of the Wessex Highlanders and the Band and Bugles of the Rifles. Proceeds will go to St Margaret's Hospice and Armed Forces charities.

Grahame Meaden, visitor service manager at Montacute House said: "With our opening hours increasing, especially into the winter, the wear and tear on the garden from hosting the event is more noticeable and it is taking up more of our staff time than we can reasonably offer. However, it is an excellent event, always attracting good numbers and we wish it well in the future."

A spokeswoman for St Margaret's Hospice said details of the 2013 event should be revealed this month.

She added: "St Margaret's and the ABF – the Soldiers' Charity – are very grateful to the National Trust for allowing them to use the gardens at Montacute."

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