HADDINGTON PIPE BAND 2015 CALENDAR OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED WITH EXHIBITION OF PHOTOS AT PETER POTTER GALLERYNews BulletinPosted by Alastair Bruce Mon, November 03, 2014 13:03:55
A calendar for 2015 with the theme of ‘The Heritage of Haddington and East Lothian’ has been produced by Haddington Pipe Band – and it will be officially launched at the opening of an exhibition of the photos at Peter Potter Gallery this Saturday (8 November) at 2.30pm.
The 13 photos have all been taken by local photographer Nick Callaghan and cover a wide range of subject matters – from ancient history and the built heritage to golf, farming, aviation, gardening, fishing, culture, the saltire, the Traprain Treasure, the siege of Haddington, and the town’s French links.
“We set out to create a calendar that celebrated the local area, as well as featured members of the band, and we believe that Nick has done an amazing job with the shots he has taken,” said Alastair Bruce, chairman of the band committee.
“The photos are stunning – creative and imaginative, with more than a touch of humour at times, and we very much hope that they will be enjoyed and that they will help to promote not only the band but Haddington and East Lothian far and wide.
“The calendar is one of our key fundraising projects to help us to pay for uniforms, instruments and other band initiatives, and we are extremely grateful to the many businesses who have sponsored and supported the production.”
This year’s cover photo, which celebrates the ancient history of the area, was taken at Pencraig standing stone between Haddington and East Linton, while the calendar opens with a shot – capturing the links to Robert Burns - taken at the Burns Well at Grant’s Braes, and featuring the ghosts of Robert’s mother, Agnes Broun, and his daughter Elizabeth, who was brought up there.
Closing the year is a photo (celebrating the town’s and the band’s French connections) which pays homage to the ‘Allo ‘Allo comedy, with members of the band and the wider band community playing a number of the main characters from the programme.
Among the other scenes are a photo of the band’s pipe major wing walking, some less-than-happy cave-people at White Castle Hill Fort, an evocative farming shot complete with Clydesdale horses, an example of a piper’s lung-power being put to dubious use on a golf course, a view of the town – complete with saltire – from the top of the West Church tower, and an angler at the Nungate Bridge giving a warm reception to one of the band’s pipers.
The exhibition will open in some style, with the band marching across Nungate Bridge before playing in the Normandy Garden adjacent to Peter Potter Gallery. The exhibition will run at the gallery until 17 January.
The calendar, meanwhile, is on sale for £5 at various shops, libraries and other outlets locally. It can also be purchased online, with details at the band’s website: www.haddingtonpipeband.co.uk.