Bagpipes draw fans

Ann Bates lives in Broughty (pronounced Brotty) Ferry in Scotland and says she was overwhelmed to hear Hastings District Highland Pipe Band performing as part of International Bagpipe Day on Port Macquarie's Town Green, it has been reported in the Port Macquarie News.

The Hastings band gave of many special International Bagpipe Day performances around the nation following an invitation to promote the music by PIpe Bands Australia.

With the pipe band warming up in the background, Ann said she felt a strong connection to Australia.

"Lachlan Macquarie is buried in Scotland. I feel a real connection to these shores," she said.

"I've been here a couple of months and will be going home in April.

"I have several friends here and love this area - if only to escape the Scottish winter.

"Everyone has been really friendly and lovely.

"When I realised that this event was happening, I thought I would come down and hear some bagpipes and take some photos," she said.

Pipe band spokesperson Jim Turnbull said the band would normally practice each Monday night at St Joseph's Primary School but during daylight savings they would be on Town Green on the first Monday of the month.

"We would draw a crowd (for the Town Green practice session) with people coming down with their chairs and rugs and enjoying the music," he said.


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