The top picture is of the 214th Co. BB pipe band in the 1950s. The piper behind Pipe Major Alex MacIver is a very young Ian McLellan who as pipe major of the Strathclyde Police Pipe Band went on to become the most successful pipe major in history. This may be the earliest picture of P/M McLellan on parade with his pipes.
Thanks to Hector Russell for supplying. Here is another snap of Ian as we are more likely to see him today – judging top-level solo competition.
(As an aside, the annual 214 Glasgow Co. BB Reunion is on March 4.)
Three new letters added today on Willie Ross, Norrie Gillies and old pipes in North America. Read them here.
If anyone is any doubt about the amazing work being done by the Scottish Schools Pipe & Drum Trust have a look at their website to see the amount of cash that is being invested in young pipers and drummers. Here are a few stats for starters: