Thousands watch Ellon Pipers at Edinburgh Tattoo

Pipe Dream: Members of Ellon Pipe Band, who have been appearing as part of the massed pipe bands at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo
Pipe Dream: Members of Ellon Pipe Band, who have been appearing as part of the massed pipe bands at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo

AN ELLON piper has spoken of her pride, after the town’s pipe band was invited to perform in front of thousands of spectators at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Sarah Reid, who is Pipe Major in the band, said that it had been an immense privilege for the 25-strong group, who performed as part of a massed band which included other pipers from Fraserburgh and the Borders. The march celebrated of the Royal British Legion’s 90th anniversary.

“The youngster member of the band is 13, and our oldest member wouldn’t thank me for telling you how old they are!” she said. “It was really a once in a lifetime opportunity, though. Members of the band cancelled holidays or came back early from holidays so that they could take part.”

She added that performing in front of so many people was a daunting experience.

“We performed in front of 8,600 spectators, which is more than we have ever performed in front of before. It was quite daunting being hit by the spotlight as we marched out into the arena. We had an extremely long day, leaving Ellon at 8.30 in the morning and coming back at 2.30 in the morning the next day, but it was worth it.”

The group, who perform on a Monday and Thursday, say that there remains a high level of interest in the pipes locally, with a high proportion of younger members. Footage of their performance in Edinburgh has been posted online, and can be viewed at http://youtu.be/ehshmHRBMBo