Pipe band on parade at armed forces day

HAWICK Scout Pipe Band played their part in the recent DecAid Massed Pipes and Drums event in Edinburgh.

The day was organised to encourage people under 25 to show their support for the armed forces and was timed to mark the 10th anniversary of the country’s involvement in the conflict in Afghanistan.

A bus-load of members and supporters made the journey to the capital for the event, which involved a parade down the Royal Mile, ending in Holyrood Park where the massed bands were addressed and thanked by the Duchess of Rothesay.

During the afternoon the band entertained some of the crowd in the park before eventually returning home in the early evening. The day came at the end of what was a busy weekend for the band, who played at the fancy dress parade at Peebles’ Beltane Festival on the Friday night, and followed this up by leading the parade of children along the High Street and up the Loan for the Vertish Hill Sports.

A spokesperson said: “All in all this was a most enjoyable, although exhausting, weekend, especially for the younger players.”

n The Scout band is now looking forward to its fund-raising coffee morning in Trinity church hall on Saturday, July 16, at 10am when there will be the usual stalls including tombola, used books, cake and candy and bric-a-brac.