Voice of the Tattoo is a school ‘Legend’
Borders-based Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo writer and narrator and children’s author Alasdair Hutton has become a “Legend” at a school he attended half a world away in Australia.
Alasdair, who was also SBC Convener and South of Scotland MEP as well as a TA Parachute
Regiment officer, described the event as “A huge honour of which I am immensely proud”.
After his father died in 1954, Alasdair’s mother emigrated to Queensland in Australia with
her three children and the eldest, Alasdair, enrolled at Brisbane State High School.
“I was not a distinguished student but the experience was of immense value. There were boys
and girls from all over Europe, east and west, in my classes and I was able to see Scotland
from a much wider perspective than I could at home and to understand Europe much better.”
Alasdair will be inducted at the School’s Foundation Day ceremony on 19 July although, he
says, “I think, to my great regret, it is highly unlikely that I shall be able to be there for such a
The first of the current 30 State High Legends were named in 2008 and came from a diverse
range of endeavours, business, academia, sport, community service, politics, medicine, the
arts and military service; a further group was added in 2014 and the new Legends are being
created to celebrate the school’s centenary in 2021.
“When I look at the list which includes a Governor General of Australia, Olympic Gold
medallists, rugby internationalists, leaders of industry, science and the arts, I am stunned to
be counted in their company,” said Alasdair.
“I think that thirty years writing and presenting the world’s greatest Tattoo, including all of
its performances in Australia, and possibly my political and military service may have
persuaded the Committee who chose the Centenary year Legends.”
“The idea of the Legends is to highlight the achievements of past students which could
motivate students in years to come. I can only hope that what little I have done will
encourage and inspire today’s students to realise that they too can achieve something worthy
of being remembered,” Alasdair said.
Brisbane State High School is a top-rated school in Queensland with an enviable academic
and sporting record including its own roll of some 35 Olympians in sports as diverse as
athletics, swimming, rowing, hockey, fencing, rugby sevens, basketball and skating.