Bagpipemaker’s Special Donation to WW1 Commemoration

Alastair Dunn, Managing Director, has sent this….Bagpipemaker R.G. Hardie & Co. is playing its unique part in Battle’s Over, an international commemoration project marking 100 years since the guns fell silent at the end of World War I.

Organised by Pageantmaster Bruno Peek LVO OBE OPR, Battle’s Over takes place on November 11th 2018, with events throughout the UK, Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, and at scores of locations overseas, including New Zealand, Ireland, Australia, Bermuda, France, Belgium, Canada, the United States and Germany, to name but a few.

It begins at 6am with lone pipers playing the well-known tune When the Battle’s O’er outside cathedrals and churches following which a specially written tribute will be read out. At the same time, over 1,000 pipers will be playing the tune in individual locations within their local communities.

At 6.55pm buglers will sound the Last Post at more than 1,000 locations, where at 7pm beacons will be lit in a tribute called Beacons of Light, signifying the light of peace that emerged from the darkness of four years of war.

Then at 7.05pm over 1,000 church and cathedrals will ring their bells as part of Ringing Out for Peace organised in association with the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers, which represents 65 societies of ringers from the British Isles and overseas. Also at 7.05, more than 140 town criers will perform a specially written Cry for Peace Around the World, the first of them in New Zealand and then across the globe through the various time zones.

R.G. Hardie & Co. is donating a set of Peter Henderson Heritage Bagpipes to RAF Cadet Pipe Major Fergus McClintock as our contribution to this very worthwhile endeavour

We are delighted to hand over this new set of pipes to Pipe Major McClintock. He will play them when he plays at the grave of the unknown warrior at Westminster Abbey, at 6am on 11th November.

I’ve read that around two-thousand five hundred pipers served in the trenches in the Great War and of these, around one thousand one hundred – nearly half – were killed or wounded. It thus seems only fitting to remember their service and to mark such a solemn occasion, by presenting these pipes.

But we can also look to the future. The pipes the men of the war played often survive today, in museums and as family heirlooms. It’s therefore comforting to think that these new Heritage bagpipes, and the memory they symbolise, could still be around for another hundred years.

Bruno Peek said: ‘We are delighted such a well established company such as R.G. Hardie & Co have been able to provide this set of new pipes for this young piper. We felt it important to involve young people in the project and are extremely grateful for this company’s generous support.’

More information on Battle’s Over can be found at

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