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Case Studies

Military Tattoo


Client: North of England RFCA
Type: Unique Event

To produce a spectacular floodlit Military Tattoo in celebration of the Territorial Army’s landmark Centenary.
 
Unique events of this nature require total dedication and attention to detail – with no blueprint to work from the team needed to harness all of its logistical and creative skills to deliver a truly memorable occasion, and of course this is precisely the challenge that the team at AHE relishes.
 
Critical to the success of the project, it was necessary to establish clear aims and objectives. These aims and objectives would be continuously revisited as decisions were made throughout the planning process.
 
The event had to be done to a high standard befitting the occasion and the organisations it reflected. It was also a catalyst for promotion with the potential to boost recruitment. The event also had an educational aspect with the actual performance depicting historical events, reflecting the history of the TA and its contribution to the defence of the nation from its formation in 1908 to modern day conflict.
 
Services provided
Full liaison and reporting to the Safety Advisory Group (SAG)
Preparation of Event Manual
Production management
Communication plan
Budget management
Site & technical management
Event control services
Traffic management
Risk assessment
Emergency plan
Liaison with key suppliers
 
Challenges
 
The Tattoo took place on Palace Green in front of Durham Cathedral and Durham Castle. Arguably one of the World’s most impressive locations, the UNESCO World Heritage site presented the team with some major challenges particularly as it was the first event of this scale to be held on Palace Green.
 
Logistically, the relatively small site presented many challenges. The team had to maximise seating capacity and worked closely with SGB on plans that factored in the physical characteristics of the site including weight restrictions and aesthetics. A total of 1,996 seats were installed forming a temporary auditorium inside which over 200 soldiers and actors would perform.
 
Stakeholder involvement
A large number of stakeholders were involved in the event, meaning a variety of often conflicting needs and expectations that had to be met by the AHE team.
 
AHE liaised with key stakeholders throughout the planning and execution of the event and regularly updated all stakeholders on progress. The preparation of an Event Manual meant all involved were aware of how health & safety issues were being met, for example, security and first aid provision, road closures and schedules for the event build, execution and de-rig.
 

Client comments

“A true ‘spectacular’ which wouldn’t have been possible to achieve without your sound advice and cool head! Very many thanks to you and all your team”
Colonel Jonny R M Hackett CBE
Chief Executive, North of England RFCA
 
“…you did us proud by laying on a first class arena set-up. It was this that made the tattoo the spectacle that it was and I for one certainly do not underestimate how important you all were to the success of the event. It has been a great pleasure working with you all and I have so many happy memories and shared experiences to look back on”.
Major Eric Ingram MBE FISM (Tattoo Director)
Chairman, Army Benevolent Fund North East:
 
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