**** Media Release
THE ROYAL NOVA SCOTIA
INTERNATIONAL TATTOO PRESENTS:
THE ROYAL NANNY INTERNATIONAL TATTOO
The Royal Nanny International Tattoo was presented today at the Stadacona Base at CFB Halifax, to honour a long-time Tattoo fan who has turned the show into her family’s summer tradition.
Nanny Joyce Meikle has attended every single Tattoo since 1979. Her granddaughter Allison reached out to organizers in June to see if they could help organize a surprise for the Tattoo fan, as the 2020 production was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Tattoo partnered with its longest partner, the Canadian Armed Forces, to present the Royal Nanny International Tattoo. This special surprise show was viewable by live stream on the Tattoo’s Facebook page.
“The Tattoo has been a family tradition for over 40 years. Even though the pandemic has interrupted our normal plans for 2020, the Meikle family tradition continues with the Royal Nanny International Tattoo,” said Scott Long, Tattoo Managing Director and Executive Producer. “We continue to work on plans for our return in 2021 and on behalf of the Tattoo board of directors and staff, I would like to thank the Canadian Armed Forces for the invaluable contributions made to help us pay tribute to a long-time Tattoo audience member.”
Meikle was treated to a performance today from iconic Tattoo performing groups including the Stadacona Band of the Royal Canadian Navy, 12 Wing Shearwater Pipes & Drums, and the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo Highland Dance Team.
Captain (Navy) David Mazur, CFB Halifax Base Commander, attended the event. “The Canadian Armed Forces and the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo enjoy a long, rich history of working together to celebrate the unique features of Nova Scotia, Atlantic Canada culture, and the many years of military service and excellence in the Atlantic Region,” said Capt(N) Mazur. “Little did we know, Joyce Meikle has been part of this important history all along. During these difficult and unprecedented times, it is an absolute honour to support the Nanny Tattoo and bring some light, music and community to Joyce in recognition of her long-standing support of the Tattoo and the CAF.”
Additional support for the Royal Nanny International Tattoo was provided by the We Are Young Association (WAY). WAY is a non-profit organization that grants unfulfilled wishes to elders living in Nova Scotia. They helped to round out the Meikle Family’s annual tradition.
The 2020 Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo was due to take place June 27-July 4, however, in March the show was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Tattoo organisers have been organizing virtual projects this summer in lieu of physical shows and are beginning to plan a 2021 production.
The Tattoo is proudly supported by Sobeys, the Canadian Armed Forces, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Government of Canada, the Province of Nova Scotia, Halifax Regional Municipality, and corporate partners.