April 2018 Piping Times
Bridges have been in the news a lot recently. Firstly, there was an idea of building one across the English Channel to link the UK with France … Some have greeted the news of the College’s incorporation into the National Piping Centre (NPC) as the inevitable result of bridge-building of a different kind. These bridges were built gradually but will last. They open up new roads and possibilities.
Stuart Letford, Editor.
Roddy MacLeod, Director of the NPC, said: “I am delighted that the The National Piping Centre and College of Piping are finally becoming one organisation. It will surely make us stronger together and allow us to continue the great work which both organisations have been doing with greater potential to grasp new and exciting opportunities.
Roddy MacLeod, National Piping Centre.
I have always admired the College for its ethos, friendliness and approach to supporting the worldwide piping community and I hope that you will be able to maintain all this at Otago Street under the new arrangements with the National Piping Centre.
Leslie Barrett, Fife, Scotland.
In October, Atholl Highlanders Drum Major, Alister Walker will undertake a fund-raising trek across the frontline of World War 1. Mr Walker hopes to raise in excess of £1,500 for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity (formerly the Army Benevolent Fund), the charity of the British Army. If you would like to contribute please go to www.drummajorbo.com
Dupuytren’s contracture is a deformity that causes the tissue beneath the surface of the hand (the fascia) to thicken and contract. It can be a nuisance to live with and it can signal the end of a piper’s musical career.
Dr. Peter McCalister.
Goose Green saw possibly the best-known engagement during the Falklands campaign. The Galley Cafe was used to house (lock up) the residents there for over a month. In the aftermath of the battle, Trudy, the café owner, had help transport men and materials. The walls on the cafe are covered with signed T-shirts from various visiting units … The trip was quite possibly the best – and most memorable – piping related trip I’ve ever had.
After playing the piping competition in a large circle each band then reformed and marched into a different formation with dancers!