Borders veterans welcome new piper memorial

Phot Caption:-Pipe Major Scott Methven gives the sculpture a last minute clean.''ARMY STATEMENT'Major Steven Small'Director of Army Bagpipe Music''"Throughout history pipers and drummers have been inspiring their comrades through unswerving devotion to duty under the most testing of circumstances.  ''"Their honour is now formally recognised and properly remembered.''"It is with great pride that we see this fitting tribute to pipers and drummers completed."''ENDS''ARMY FACT SHEET'ARMY PIPER MEMORIAL SCULPTURE''The Army School of Bagpipe Music and Highland Drumming (ASBM&HD) have lost serving pipers and drummers in past and recent conflicts. The memorial in the form of a cairn with a bronze piper on top is a permanent tribute to them.''Uniform of sculpture: Dress Uniform (non-Regimental specific) to represent all Army Pipers''Appearance: Based on a number of Piping Instructors currently serving at ASBM&HD''Sculptor: Mr Alan Herriot''Type: Bronze (by Powderhall Bronze Ltd)''Height: 2.4 metres (8 feet)''Weight: 3

Phot Caption:-Pipe Major Scott Methven gives the sculpture a last minute clean.''ARMY STATEMENT'Major Steven Small'Director of Army Bagpipe Music''"Throughout history pipers and drummers have been inspiring their comrades through unswerving devotion to duty under the most testing of circumstances. ''"Their honour is now formally recognised and properly remembered.''"It is with great pride that we see this fitting tribute to pipers and drummers completed."''ENDS''ARMY FACT SHEET'ARMY PIPER MEMORIAL SCULPTURE''The Army School of Bagpipe Music and Highland Drumming (ASBM&HD) have lost serving pipers and drummers in past and recent conflicts. The memorial in the form of a cairn with a bronze piper on top is a permanent tribute to them.''Uniform of sculpture: Dress Uniform (non-Regimental specific) to represent all Army Pipers''Appearance: Based on a number of Piping Instructors currently serving at ASBM&HD''Sculptor: Mr Alan Herriot''Type: Bronze (by Powderhall Bronze Ltd)''Height: 2.4 metres (8 feet)''Weight: 3

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Generations of Borders soldiers have gone into battle to the skirl of the pipes and now a new memorial honours pipers killed in action.

The monument takes the form of an eight-foot bronze sculpture of an army piper sitting atop a cairn outside Redford Barracks in Edinburgh’s Colinton area.

Lance Corporal Charles MacLean and Corporal John Harvey pipe in the new statue'ARMY STATEMENT'Major Steven Small'Director of Army Bagpipe Music''"Throughout history pipers and drummers have been inspiring their comrades through unswerving devotion to duty under the most testing of circumstances.  ''"Their honour is now formally recognised and properly remembered.''"It is with great pride that we see this fitting tribute to pipers and drummers completed."''ENDS''ARMY FACT SHEET'ARMY PIPER MEMORIAL SCULPTURE''The Army School of Bagpipe Music and Highland Drumming (ASBM&HD) have lost serving pipers and drummers in past and recent conflicts. The memorial in the form of a cairn with a bronze piper on top is a permanent tribute to them.''Uniform of sculpture: Dress Uniform (non-Regimental specific) to represent all Army Pipers''Appearance: Based on a number of Piping Instructors currently serving at ASBM&HD''Sculptor: Mr Alan Herriot''Type: Bronze (by Powderhall Bronze Ltd)''Height: 2.4 metres (8 feet)''Weight: 300

Lance Corporal Charles MacLean and Corporal John Harvey pipe in the new statue'ARMY STATEMENT'Major Steven Small'Director of Army Bagpipe Music''"Throughout history pipers and drummers have been inspiring their comrades through unswerving devotion to duty under the most testing of circumstances. ''"Their honour is now formally recognised and properly remembered.''"It is with great pride that we see this fitting tribute to pipers and drummers completed."''ENDS''ARMY FACT SHEET'ARMY PIPER MEMORIAL SCULPTURE''The Army School of Bagpipe Music and Highland Drumming (ASBM&HD) have lost serving pipers and drummers in past and recent conflicts. The memorial in the form of a cairn with a bronze piper on top is a permanent tribute to them.''Uniform of sculpture: Dress Uniform (non-Regimental specific) to represent all Army Pipers''Appearance: Based on a number of Piping Instructors currently serving at ASBM&HD''Sculptor: Mr Alan Herriot''Type: Bronze (by Powderhall Bronze Ltd)''Height: 2.4 metres (8 feet)''Weight: 300

The statue is located in the memorial garden created after soldiers at the Army School of Bagpipe Music and Highland Drumming started fundraising following the death of a comrade in Afghanistan.

Sculptor Alan Herriot’s figure recognises the sacrifice made by all the army pipers killed in war –500 pipers and drummers died in the Great War alone.

Weighing 300kg, the bronze sculpture is based on a number of piping instructors currently serving at the piping school, and is attired in a non-regimental specific uniform to represent all of the army pipers. It joins one of a drummer already sited in the garden.

The school’s director, Major Steven Small, said throughout history pipers and drummers had been inspiring their comrades under the most testing of circumstances.

Photo Caption:-Foundaryman Daie Wright upwraps the piping sculpture.'''ARMY STATEMENT'Major Steven Small'Director of Army Bagpipe Music''"Throughout history pipers and drummers have been inspiring their comrades through unswerving devotion to duty under the most testing of circumstances.  ''"Their honour is now formally recognised and properly remembered.''"It is with great pride that we see this fitting tribute to pipers and drummers completed."''ENDS''ARMY FACT SHEET'ARMY PIPER MEMORIAL SCULPTURE''The Army School of Bagpipe Music and Highland Drumming (ASBM&HD) have lost serving pipers and drummers in past and recent conflicts. The memorial in the form of a cairn with a bronze piper on top is a permanent tribute to them.''Uniform of sculpture: Dress Uniform (non-Regimental specific) to represent all Army Pipers''Appearance: Based on a number of Piping Instructors currently serving at ASBM&HD''Sculptor: Mr Alan Herriot''Type: Bronze (by Powderhall Bronze Ltd)''Height: 2.4 metres (8 feet)''Weight: 300 Kilogra

Photo Caption:-Foundaryman Daie Wright upwraps the piping sculpture.'''ARMY STATEMENT'Major Steven Small'Director of Army Bagpipe Music''"Throughout history pipers and drummers have been inspiring their comrades through unswerving devotion to duty under the most testing of circumstances. ''"Their honour is now formally recognised and properly remembered.''"It is with great pride that we see this fitting tribute to pipers and drummers completed."''ENDS''ARMY FACT SHEET'ARMY PIPER MEMORIAL SCULPTURE''The Army School of Bagpipe Music and Highland Drumming (ASBM&HD) have lost serving pipers and drummers in past and recent conflicts. The memorial in the form of a cairn with a bronze piper on top is a permanent tribute to them.''Uniform of sculpture: Dress Uniform (non-Regimental specific) to represent all Army Pipers''Appearance: Based on a number of Piping Instructors currently serving at ASBM&HD''Sculptor: Mr Alan Herriot''Type: Bronze (by Powderhall Bronze Ltd)''Height: 2.4 metres (8 feet)''Weight: 300 Kilogra

“It is with great pride that we see this fitting tribute to pipers and drummers completed,” he said.

And the new memorial was welcomed by a former senior officer of the King’s Own Scottish Borderers, Col Colin Hogg, from near Jedburgh, who told us pipers had a unique role in Scottish regiments: “They were always soldiers first and pipers second, but most people will be more familiar with the image of the piper leading troops over the top, like Piper Laidlaw of the KOSB, who won the VC in the First World War.

“And so I think it’s very fitting that this splendid new memorial is at the home of army bagpiping in Edinburgh, and it is wonderful to see such a marvellous tribute.”