MORE THAN 100 PIPERS AND DRUMMERS IN HADDINGTON FOR BEATING RETREAT AND MASSED PIPES AND DRUMS CEREMONYNews BulletinPosted by Alastair Bruce Mon, August 15, 2016 12:18:07
More than 100 pipers and drummers will be marching and playing in Haddington this Friday (19 August) evening to celebrate the local pipe band’s 35th anniversary.
Musicians from a number of pipe bands are joining Haddington Pipe Band for a Beating Retreat ceremony, followed by a performance by the massed piped and drums in the town’s Court Street.
In addition to the piping and drumming, there will be food stalls and other music, and the evening will finish off with a family ceilidh in the Corn Exchange.
“The evening will begin at 6.30pm and we’re absolutely delighted that a number of local bands, including North Berwick, Cockenzie and Port Seton, Preston Lodge and the Edinburgh Postal Band will be performing, as well as young players from Knox Academy,” said Haddington Pipe Band chairman, Alastair Bruce. “Each band will play on its own and then we’ll have a massed pipes and drums parade to provide a rousing climax to the event.
“Court Street will be closed off and, of course, the event will be free for folk to come and enjoy. East Coast FM will be broadcasting from the ceremony and the whole evening will be compered by a former chairman of Haddington Pipe Band, John McMillan.
“The venue is great, and we are very much looking forward to the evening, which we see as a form of thank you to the local community for all the support we’ve had from them over our 35 years.”