519 Regiment

Edinburgh Tattoo

Thank you to Edward Thomson, Glamis Castle, Angus, Scotland for the following message and photographs:

Ed writes:


"The Regiment was the only one of its type.  It was required to provide generators and floodlighting to supplement the Edinburgh Castle electricity supply on the occasion of 'Beating the Retreat' on the Esplanade in 1948 for the local Scottish Military Bands.

With the A.A. Searchlights, a cone of 'Artificial Moonlight' was created. From then on, the Regiment operated the floodlights at the Tattoo, from its first Performance in 1949.

I don't know if it still carries out these duties as it amalgamated with the Royal  Corps of Transport back in the 70's and moved to Alnwickhill after the the Post Office took  over the site.


I also have memories of meeting some of the Celebrities responsible for the BBC broadcasts of the Tattoo. 

The earliest was Howard Lockhart.  He got tangled in the scaffolding and cables and almost missed his 'cue'.  Another was Eamonn Andrews who did one TV commentary before being replaced by Tom Fleming whom I later got to know quite well through my 30 years' employment with British Airways and my life at Glamis Castle.

Edward Thomson, Glamis Castle, Angus, Scotland:  May 2006




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TA Unit    -    519 Regiment


   West Pilton Camp  -  The 519 LAA/SL Regt R.A. TA unit prepares for its annual camp in Norfolk

West Pilton Camp  -  1949

   The 519 LAA/SL Regt R.A. TA unit prepares for its annual camp in Norfolk  -  RAF Turnhouse, 1949

RAF Turnhouse  -  1949

  West Pilton TA Unit  -  at Newquay

Bogged-down on the beach
Newquay Camp  -  1951

Pilton and Granton REME boys at Newquay TA Camp July 1951

Pilton + Granton REME boys
Newquay Camp  -  1951


Life in the 519 Regiment

Annual Camps

Edinburgh Tattoo



Pilton and Crewe Toll

Crewe Toll

Pilton   1940 bomb