The annual Stoke-on-Trent Military Tattoo is held in support of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, who are the British Army’s own National Charity. Established in 1944 and still providing support to soldiers, former soldiers and their families in times of need and also funding for other well known and respected specialised military charities.

There are very few towns and cities in the UK to have their own Military Tattoo, but Stoke-on-Trent is now one of them, celebrating a long and proud tradition of support for the Armed Forces and this continues to be represented in strong recruitment to the Services today. This spectacular event took place in the splendid setting of The King’s Hall in Stoke-on-Trent, for the 7th year running.

The event was attended by a large public audience of over 500 including a number of local VIPs. The Army Cadet Force (ACF) were on hand for the event to act as stewards and take part in the performances. Before the performance, outside the King’s Hall, were vehicles and stands from a number of the local Regular and Reserve Army Units, providing the opportunity to talk to the soldiers to discuss their activities, everyday business, experiences and equipment on display.

The Tattoo is a ceremonial showcase for the British Army, with representation by Regulars, Reserves and the Army Cadet Force. The 2018 Tattoo featured performances by The Band of The Mercian Regiment, Pipes & Drums of the Scots Guards Association (Manchester), Massed Grenadier Corps of Drums of Staffordshire ACF and The Bligny Band of Shropshire ACF plus supporting performances.

This year’s event was a huge success and raised £4,000 for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity. The provisional date for next year’s event is 11th May 2019.

You can view more photos from the event in our photo gallery here.