THE Castle Esplanade has finally been cleared
of the stands used for the summer's Edinburgh
Military Tattoo - more than 15 weeks after
The stands have caused a major headache for
the Tattoo's organisers since the end of the
showcase event. The original hold-up was caused
by the company which was hired to take down the
stands, Madden, going out of business.
There was then a further delay when safety
regulations governing working at heights meant
machinery needed to be used to take down the
stands, rather than manpower, as had previously
been the case.
Brigadier Mel Jameson, producer of the
Tattoo, said: "We felt for our neighbours
and the people at the Castle. Visitors want to
see the beautiful normal frontage of the Castle
and their view was obstructed by the stands.
"Nothing will affect the progress of the
Tattoo and we'll make sure that new rules are
obeyed to the letter."