Grampian Police Scotland Pipe Band’s re-launch on Sunday 5 June was a huge success and drew a substantial crowd who enjoyed the spectacle of the the Band performing against the beautiful backdrop of Fyvie Castle. Coinciding with the 30th anniversary of the opening by the National Trust for Scotland (NTS) of the Castle to the public, the band played two 30-minute sets on the front lawn.

The Band has secured funding from Balmoral Group, who will be the principal sponsor for the next two years.

Robert Lovie, Property Manager at Fyvie Castle, compered the event and was joined by senior NTS personnel, Police Scotland Superintendents Kate Stephen and George MacDonald.  Jim Milne, CBE, Balmoral Group Chairman and MD, took the salute from Pipe Major Pamela Whyte.

Nine-year old Eleanor Whyte, the daughter of the Pipe Major and her husband Malcolm, who is the Bass Drummer, performed solo highland dances to mark the occasion.

Speaking about the event, Band Manager Alex Simpson said: “Last weekend was a fantastic afternoon and an outstanding success. The weather was glorious, there were lots of friends and visitors who came to watch and we thoroughly enjoyed playing.”

“We were delighted to welcome our Honourary Pipe Band President, Superintendent George MacDonald to the event, plus Superintendent Kate Stephen and Jim Milne CBE, Chairman and Managing Director of Balmoral Group.

“It was a very special occasion for the band, as well as Fyvie Castle, and allowed us to showcase the combined talents of the group.

Robert Lovie, P.M. Pamela Whyte and Jim Milne C.B.E.

Robert Lovie, P.M. Pamela Whyte and Jim Milne C.B.E.