Piper plays for thousands as part of world-famous military tattoo

Gavin Brady savoured the tattoo atmosphere
Gavin Brady savoured the tattoo atmosphere

A soldier from the town has found fame via the televised broadcast of his pipe band’s performance at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Gavin Brady, 22, is an electrician with the Royal Corps of Signals and also a member of the Royal Signals Pipes and Drums.

He featured among many musicians and acts during the month-long run of the show, and a seconds-long close-up of the Teri bagpipe player was screened on the BBC from the final display of the tattoo last weekend.

Having only taken up piping a year ago, two years since joining the army in August 2009, the former electrical engineer at Mainetti’s says the experience was a proud moment in his career.

“Every night before you went on, you’d think to yourself, ‘It’s just another night playing the pipes’,” he said. “Then, every time you went through the drawbridge, the hairs on the back of your neck would stand up.

“The atmosphere and the setting – the castle and the esplanade – was unreal. And the last night, coming down the Royal Mile with everyone standing on the street, was brilliant. I Never thought I’d be doing anything like that when I joined the army.”

Gavin, whose parents Alan and Pat remain in the town, in Silver Street, turns out for Hawick Legion whenever he returns home from his base in Salisbury in the south of England. He says a long-term ambition was fulfilled by his performance at one of the world’s most prestigious festivals. “Ever since last year when I took up the pipes, I’ve always been wanting to play at the tattoo,” he said.