Hawick pipers play for Princess Royal

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Last Friday (June 27) a convoy of pipers and drummers from the Hawick Scout Pipe Band joined bands from around the world to play at the Pipefest Parade at Stirling Castle.

Part of Homecoming Scotland 2014, Hawick Scout Pipe Band were the first of many to lead the parade from the castle esplanade, through the town and onto the King’s Knot, where the piping continued as the clans gathered and renewed auld acquaintances.

After a night as guests of the 7th Stirling Scout Group, the band reformed to play in the Armed Forces Parade, lending three drummers to the Royal Scots Pipe Band.

The young players were delighted to play for the Princess Royal, who took the salute and she, in turn, was pleased to see their support for the armed forces.

After supporting the local ice-cream vendor, there was time to experience all the fun of the fair, as well as aerial displays from The Red Devils and RAF Falcon Display teams, Second World War planes, the Typhon plus the Red Arrows, before winding their way home.

The pipe band have since been invited by the armed forces to play with them in Edinburgh during the Festival.

The band is currently recruiting new pipers – anyone who would like to learn should contact Michael Bruce on 01450 374 383. Chanter classes are held on a Monday night, at 7.15pm in Hawick Scout Hall, Union Street.

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