GWC Pipe Band bring joy to Pilrig Park Burns Lunch

GWC Pipe Band bring joy to Pilrig Park Burns Lunch

Published on 23 January 2020

A small group from the GWC Pipe Band provided the soundtrack to the Pilrig Park school Burns Lunch on Wednesday 22 January. 

Pilrig Park has been inviting musicians from Watson’s to play at their annual celebration of Robert Burns for the last 20 years. 

After the haggis was piped in, Pilrig Park pupils began the proceedings in the traditional way by reading  Address to the Haggis and the Selkirk Grace.

After a lunch of haggis, neeps and tatties, the band returned to the front of the hall which was decorated with pictures of Robert Burns and saltire flags, to play another medley.

Josh (S6), who led the performance, said: “Playing at the annual Burns Lunch at Pilrig Park is always great fun. I've been there for so many years now and it’s so good to see them all in such good spirits and they absolutely erupt when they hear the pipes.”

Pilrig Park pupils then took their turn to provide the entertainment, playing, singing and dancing along to: A Red, Red Rose, Mince and Tatties, Three Craws and You Cannie Shove Yer Grannie off a Bus.

Catriona Ferguson, Acting Depute Head Teacher at Pilrig Park School, said: “We are hugely grateful to GWC for their contribution to our event, their medley of tunes and piping in the haggis is the highlight of the Burns Lunch.

“The benefit to our pupils is enormous, they all have additional support needs, including Autism, Down's Syndrome and complex learning difficulties. Every single one of our pupils responds so positively to music, it is an area in the curriculum in which they can express themselves, take part or just listen. It is an enormous benefit to their development and self-esteem.

“There is something magical about the Pipe Band! As soon as the first piper leads in the haggis at the start of the lunch, the whole school erupts with sheer delight, clapping and cheering with great enthusiasm.”

Michael, a pupil at Pilrig Park, said: “It was really fun, we were all together and we got to hear the bagpipes and drums which was good. The bagpipes were the best bit by far.”