Pipefest takes pipers to Poland

MEMBERS of Forfar and District Pipe Band have just returned from a trip to Poznan in Poland, where they participated in a Pipefest.

Over the years, band members have been involved in many a Pipefest – taking them to places such as Edinburgh, New York and Japan.

A Pipefest is when groups of pipers and drummers from all over the world come together to unite in fund-raising and raising awareness of many different charities.

The autumn trip to Poznan saw pipe band members support Barka, a homeless charity in Poland for young children who have very little in life or who have been orphaned.

“We were all made very welcome,” said Pipe Major David Myles. “It was a very humbling experience and great to see a duifferent culture.

“During our visit the group played in a church at the end of a service, a very special moment.

“Part of the service was to commemorate the life of Pipefest organiser Thomas Grotrian, who was instrumental in developing the world’s largest Pipefest in Edinburgh in 1995.

“It was with sadness that, during this latest Pipefest, we learnt of his untimely death at the age of 38.”

Having returned home, the band members are not putting their suitcases away, for they are heading to Malta on October 6 to take part in a tattoo.

Anyone wishing to join Forfar and District Pipe Band or receive tuition should contact David Myles on 01307 465851 or via e-mail at dmylespiper@lineone.net.

See next week’s Dispatch and Herald for pictures of the trip to Poland.