The P/M got us under way with a wee tear in his eye as he celebrated his departure from the Scottish Police Service. Whether it was a tear of joy or sadness has yet to be determined but he did start off with some Jigs! Time now to address the golf handicap!
Next up was Lachie Dick who is in the middle of his exams so this was a bit of R and R. Lachie has recently been down in the Scottish Borders looking after the lieges down there. Good luck with the results LD. He was in fine form and ended a splendid spot with the jigs Donald McKillop and The Cameronian Rant.
Peter Digby from South Africa was a welcome return visitor the Eagles and he gave us a very insightful update to the piping scene over there. (and the Oscar Pistorius trial!)
Pies. But before they were served the Hon Pres. presented a Society gift to the Pipe Major marking the end of his 32 years Police service-a bespoke Eagle Piper’s waistcoat. The Hon P/M immediately donned the resplendent vest and gave us a few tunes starting off with the well know 2/4 March, The Fight for Truth and Justice Goes On.
The post pie piper was Roddy Weir who was quickly into his stride starting with Lilly Christie and The Trees of North Uist. Roddy is going to have a great summer playing pipes and perusing his other love, Mountain Bike riding. (well done Mrs W for completing the Edinburgh marathon at the weekend)
The final piper of the evening was Andrew Gray who was on piobaireachd duties. Andrew gave us the Donald McLeod composition MacMhurich’s Salute that you will find on Donald’s Piobaireachd Tutorial Vol 4. This was a most welcome airing as this tune is not often heard out with the memorial competition arena. It has some very distinctive wee idiosyncrasies and Andrew made a very nice job of it.
And that was the evening s evening.
The Games are up and running and the Band season has started so good luck to all.