In July I was asked to be the official piper for the Herriot Watt University’s PLEA 2017 conference – www.plea2017.net and on Sunday 2nd July I played a 40 minute programme at the main entrance to Edinburgh Castle to welcome the guests and delegates to the opening reception. I then led them to the main courtyard and the Jacobite Room where the welcome speeches were given. Delegates and speakers had travelled from all over the world to attend. On the following Monday I also played at the Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh for the conference and again on the Wednesday for the closing ceremony and played them out with “Auld Land Syne” and “We’re no awa'” !
On Friday the 11th November I was honoured to take part in the service and ceremony of Remembrance at the cenotaph in Cleckheaton. I piped in the colour party including the Lord Lieutenant, played Flowers of the Forest and marched off the party. The ceremony and service was very well attended by local people and school children.
On Friday 4 November I was invited to join the Yorkshire Military Band together with Honley Ladies Choir to play in their, Sing for Peace concert at Huddersfield Town Hall. The evening and concert were a great success and very enjoyable.
I was again very busy over the Burns season an piped in several more Haggis
I had several jobs as usual at Hogmanay. Here are a few pics.
I was busy as usual on New Year’s Eve. In the afternoon I played at the wedding of Alice and Tom at Escrick Park Estate near York. The wedding reception was held in a huge pavilion in the grounds. What a great idea!
It’s been a while since I posted a blog even though I have been pretty busy. So see above………..
On Remembrance Sunday I played in two parades. Firstly at Birkenshaw and East Bierley on a rather wet morning but a very good attendance of local people and organisations. Always very good to see the little children, who at the end of the service place white peace poppies on the cenotaph.
In the afternoon in Mirfield, which is a very big parade through the town to the cenotaph in the park. Always well attended by all the services, children’s organisations, cubs and brownies etc together with all sorts of local groups. This one has got bigger and bigger over the last 15 years or so.
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On Saturday 31 October I played at Sitwell Golf Club, Rotherham for the wedding reception of Richard and Wioleta. They were married a couple of weeks before in Wioleta’s home town in Poland
Pipe Major Alan J. Harrison