Edinburgh's Lord Provost welcomes Albany Marine Band
By Gunnery Sgt. Sean Wright
| | June 29, 2002
EDINBURGH, Scotland -- The Lord Provost of the city hosted the Albany Marine Band at a reception at the city government building here July 29.
Lord Provost Eric Milligan officially welcomed the band to the city where the Marine musicians will perform in the 2002 Edinburgh Military Tattoo Aug. 2-24. The tattoo's theme this year is Her Majesty the Queen's Golden Jubilee, in honor of the 50-year reign of Queen Elizabeth II, and will feature the largest cast in its 53-year history.
Milligan's welcoming remarks brought smiles and laughter from the Marines as he highlighted that he was no stranger to the southern United States. He said that he'd visited Savannah, Ga., numerous times and that many Americans were not aware that the stones on the riverfront are from Scotland. He also highlighted the long history of the United States and Scotland as allies.
"Not long after you threw that tea in the harbor at Boston so you wouldn't have to pay taxes, one of the first things you did was establish a consulate in Scotland," Milligan quipped. "The long history of close ties between our countries will be evident during your visit - Edinburgh loves Americans and we're delighted you're here."
A lord provost is similar to the mayor of a capital city in the states. But Milligan explained there are many differences.
"In the states you have mayors; here we have provosts and lord provosts," Milligan said. "Besides, your mayors don't get to wear gold chains," as he pointed to the traditional large gold device worn outside his suit."
Following Milligan's remarks the band performed for the city's officials and others in attendance.
Queen Elizabeth II will attend this year's tattoo, which is the largest in its 53-year history.