Band ‘Sings’ For Its Super!!!
The annual Grampian Police Retired Staff Reunion was held at Aberdeenshire Cricket Club during the evening of Friday 5th October and as usual, Grampian Police Scotland Pipe Band was invited to entertain the gathering.
Band Manager, Alex Simpson undertook the role of ‘Welcome Piper’ and played for guests on their arrival. Alex, himself a retired staff member, stirred a few memories by donning his old Band kilt made from Black Stewart tartan. The Band’s current kilts are made from the unique Grampian Police tartan which was created and introduced during 2007, to mark the Band’s centenary.
Following a lovely buffet, a Mini Band led by Pipe Major Pamela Whyte earned its keep by playing a set or two to entertain those assembled. Pam also provided an interesting insight on how the Band had fared throughout the past 12 months. Pam made special mention of the late Magnus Mowat, a Retired Chief Inspector and Band stalwart, who passed away suddenly earlier in the year. The Mini Band also played a tribute set in memory of Magnus.
Kenny Thomson, President of the Retired Police Officers Association Scotland – North East Branch, said ‘It is always a highlight of the Retired Staff Reunion to have the Band in our midst and perform for us. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the performance and the informative words from the Pipe Major. We thank all of the players for their time and effort to provide us with such high quality entertainment’.