Friday, 14th September 2012
Local man takes up lack of Gib mention at Edinburgh Tattoo
As visitors from countries all over the world like Malta and Cyprus were named, there was no mention of Gibraltar during the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo which took place last month.
Upset and disappointed by this, Gibraltarian Joseph Charles Brugada recently contacted the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo after the Tattoo, to advise them that he thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of it; the production, choreography, music, spectacular costumes and the military pageant. But, as loyal and patriotic Gibraltarian he was rather upset and disappointed
when the commentator was welcoming all the visitors from various parts of the world, and did not mention Gibraltar.
In his letter Mr Brugada said: “When you consider the years we Gibraltarians have been subjected to a financial and cultural siege, indignities, humiliations and third country,
dictatorial and inhumane measures by our Spanish neighbours in defence of our links with Great Britain it comes as a shock that whilst those who “requested” Britain to relinquish their bases in the Mediterranean are remembered and welcomed Gibraltar is Never remembered.”
Alice Campbell from the Tattoo replied to Mr Brugada and expressed that they regret any offense that may have been caused by their narrator’s ‘round the world’ warm up. Adding that it is not possible to mention everywhere during this warm up, and that countries that do get mentioned generally have a large number of people travelling to attend the event.
This reply did not satisfy Mr Brugada, who has now written to MP’s Andrew Rosindell, Eleanor Laing and Angus MacNeil drawing their attention to the matter, stating that the Tattoo employees obviously have no idea of the sensitivities this situation raises for Gibraltarians. Mr Brugada also asked the MP’s to ‘educate’ the parties responsible for the Tattoo.
Stating he did not believe Ms Campbell’s reply regarding large numbers travelling from other countries and that it barely takes one second to mention the word Gibraltar and that next thing he will hear is that “they do not wish to offend Spanish sensitivities”.
At the time of going to print, Mr Brugada had not received a reply from any of the MP’s he contacted.