SSAFA volunteer and bagpipe players join in the festivities of Barbados Celtic Festival week

SSAFA Durham fly the flag for the charity in Barbados

14 June 2018

SSAFA Durham fly the flag for the charity in Barbados

SSAFA volunteer and bagpipe player join in the festivities of Barbados Celtic Festival week.

Ruth Wright, a volunteer with Wear Valley and Teesdale Division of the Durham Branch, plays the bagpipes and husband Mike Donne the Branch Chairman took the opportunity to fly the SSAFA flag at the Barbados Celtic Festival week.

Ruth had the SSAFA badge on her bagpipe cover and both wore their SSAFA polo shirts, which in some instances were recognised by people and where they caused intrigue it was explained what SSAFA did. Pipers from around the country, including some students from Strathallan School with their Pipe Major Craig Muirhead formally of the Red Hot Chilli Pipers Band, plus a piper from Switzerland met at the Barbados Defence Force Garrison for a practice session under the guidance of Iain Lowther a former Scots Guards Pipe Major and Director of Army Bagpipe Music. The pipes then combined with the Defence Force Band where they played together as a massed band.

During the week the pipes played at a number of different venues and were entertained by local school choirs who had learned Scottish songs, which they sang with a Scots accent! The week culminated with the bands marching from the Garrison to Blakey’s Bar, a distance of just over a mile in 32 degrees of heat and 80% humidity followed by a performance at the Bar: A great week of Scottish and Barbadian cultures coming together.