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Two years ‘til next town tattoo

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By Fiona Reid
Dumfries and West
Two years ‘til next town tattoo

THE Royal Burgh of Dumfries Tattoo will now not go ahead until 2022 in light of ongoing Covid uncertainty.

Event organisers had already rescheduled this year’s tattoo to April 2021 but now they have postponed that date for another year.

Their announcement cited “the current circumstances and increasing uncertainty with the ongoing Covid crisis” and the “protection of the public and our performers” as the reasoning behind this recent decision.

Marketing director Lyle Hamilton yesterday gave reassurances it will come back bigger and better, saying: “Rescheduling will allow us to grow and develop the tattoo, in addition to continuing to provide a high level of support to the local community, and championing the best talent Dumfries and Galloway has to offer.”

And Tattoo chairman Stuart Robb added: “As a newly registered charity we are dedicated to supporting the local community; bringing value to the local area; and putting the artistic talents of Dumfries and Galloway at the forefront of minds – all in safe, controlled, and family orientated environments.”

The tattoo has been held bi-annually since 2012 and was to be expanded this year on the Crichton Estate.

It will now go ahead on April 30 2022 and the organising team have their sights on a spectacular launch at the Crichton in the backdrop of the historic Crichton Church. Performers from across the region and beyond have already committed to performing.

Tickets will go on sale next year and anyone with a valid 2020 ticket will have the option to exchange theirs

Meanwhile, Gwilym Gibbons, chief executive of The Crichton Trust said: “After months of working closely with The tattoo, we were naturally disappointed that the event could not go ahead as planned in 2020, but the safety of everyone involved was, and remains a top priority.

“We will continue to support the Tattoo team in any way we can and we look forward to welcoming you all to the first Royal Burgh of Dumfries Tattoo here at The Crichton in April 2022. It will be worth waiting for!”

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