Howe O’ the Mearns Pipe Band send a note of thanks to generous sponsors

The Pipe Band last year before the members got their new equipment and ties.

The Pipe Band last year before the members got their new equipment and ties.

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A Mearns pipe band is certainly not lamenting after expressing a note of gratitude to a local firm for a generous donation.

Pipe Major David Duncan of the Howe O’ the Mearns Pipe Band said the donation from Scotoil Services meant the members were kitted out in new equipment.

The group was able to buy new pipe bags and covers, and also band uniform ties.

Mr Duncan said: “The band wants to say a very huge thank you to Scotoil for the donation given to us by the firm.

“We’re not a big charitable organisation so we welcome any kind of help and this was a big boost to our fledgling pipe band.

“Due to the very kind donation Scotoil made last year, it means we can concentrate the rest of our funds towards purchasing our own set of drums as we are playing with a borrowed set at the moment.

“Our first outing with our new kit will be at Fasque House, near Fettercairn, for a local wedding in May and our first fair is the Marykirk Raft Race this Sunday, May 18.”

Howe O’ the Mearns Pipe Band was founded three years ago and it has 15 members, mostly based in the Mearns area, with the youngest only seven years old. The band currently has seven pipers, two tenor drummers, four side/snare drummers and two bass drummers.

David ‘Pipey’ Duncan, who is an ex-army piper, has played at several Royal Tattoos and was picked twice to play the solo up on the ramparts of Edinburgh Castle, and was also picked out to play solo for the Queen when he was only 17 and served with the Gordon Highlanders.

The aim of the band is to provide a safe stimulating learning environment where people have the opportunity to learn a new skill, meet other members of the community, keep Scottish traditions alive by playing at local events, and provide a community pipe band devoted to teaching pipes and drums to people of all ages and abilities.

Scotoil managing director Craig Smith said the company was only too delighted to help out the pipe band.

He said: “While our core business and a pipe band may not seem similar, we’re only too happy to help out fantastic local groups like Howe O’ the Mearns Pipe Band.

“We are very proud of our roots as we started out as a small company just more than 30 years ago and, although we undertake work around the world now, we are still very much a local company at heart with the same harbour base and long-serving staff we’ve had for many years.

“We are only too happy to help out the Howe O’ the Mearns Pipe Band as the members do sterling work at many events entertaining locals and tourists alike. It is also very encouraging of its younger members and finding new innovative ways of doing things which is the same ethos we have at Scotoil.

“We’re looking forward to seeing and hearing the Pipe Band this summer.’’

with their new pieces of kit.”