‘Voice of the Tattoo’ to give next Loretto Lecture

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An MEP, a Para, member of the Queen’s Bodyguard in Scotland – the Royal Company of Archers – film director, writer and broadcaster are just some of the achievements of Alasdair Hutton OBE TD who, it was unveiled last Wednesday, will deliver the next Loretto Lecture.

However, it is as the “voice of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo” that Alasdair is best known, an event that he has written and scripted since 1992.

Alasdair will deliver the next Loretto Lecture on Thursday, April 23, at 7pm in Loretto School’s historic house. His talk, entitled “My Tattoos”, is free to all, however, places must be booked in advance by contacting jhewat@loretto.com.

Jonathan Hewat, director of external affairs at Loretto School, said: “We are most grateful to Alasdair Hutton for agreeing to deliver the next Loretto Lecture. He promises to provide a fascinating insight into the 20-plus years that he has spent narrating the great institution that is the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.”

The now well-established lecture series attracts figures from all walks of life and continues to maintain its unparalleled reputation for international guests and speakers.

Recent speakers include legendary peace activist Colin Parry, Edinburgh artist Richard Demarco, celebrated journalist Magnus Linklater, former Secretary of State for Scotland Michael Moore MP, acclaimed broadcaster and journalist Lesley Riddoch and Alistair Moffat speaking on “Scotland’s DNA”.

The Loretto Lecture series is an opportunity to meet, listen to and question some of the world’s most famous and interesting people.

It draws well-renowned speakers from all walks of life. Entry is free and attracts school pupils and members of the public from all over Scotland.

Events recently hosted by the school include BBC Radio 4’s “Any Questions?” and the return to Scotland after 425 years of Mary, Queen of Scots’ Book of Hours, which was reunited for one day with the crucifix she is believed to have carried to her execution.