Full steam ahead for band ... and famous locomotive

Band members Chris Fairbairn, Duncan Neilson, Willy Christison, Jack Brown and Paul Terras, with the famous engine.

Band members Chris Fairbairn, Duncan Neilson, Willy Christison, Jack Brown and Paul Terras, with the famous engine.

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A Borders band helped celebrate the rebirth of the world’s most famous train by rocking the National Railway Museum last month.

Wedding and function five-piece outfit Pulse were tasked with providing entertainment worthy of the Flying Scotsman, for the final day of its stay at the museum, in County Durham.

The ‘Shildon Shed Bash’ closed a week of celebration, with enthusiasts travelling from across the country to see the historic locomotive – providing the band with once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunities with the renowned train engine.

Drummer Duncan Neilson, from Selkirk, said: “It’s been a great year for us so far and we’ve had some great home gigs, including the Selkirk Appointment Dance and the Duns Reivers Ball.

“So to add to that this amazing gig to celebrate the Flying Scotsman is a real honour and privilege.

“We learned quite a number of early 60’s songs specifically for the big night and we simply had to play Locomotion!

“But it wasn’t just a day to celebrate old music and historic trains – the new renovation of the Flying Scotsman meant we also had license to play some up to date tunes too.”

Duncan added: “It was a great night and the guys loved the opportunity to climb aboard the beautiful engine and get some unique photographs that we’ll all treasure and look back fondly on.”

Willy Christison, lead vocalist, said: “To play a party in the presence of the Flying Scotsman was something I and the rest of the band will never forget.

“Our stage for the evening was flanked by stunning trains from throughout the ages – making for a dramatic backdrop quite unlike anything we have ever played.”

For more information on the band, visit www.pulsefunctionband.com