Pipes & Drums add to the Battlefields Experience

Published on 2 November 2015 by Mrs Fiona MacFarlane Categories: Senior School,  Music & Drama,  Extra-Curricular

The Pipes and Drums at the Menin GateA significant addition to the History Department trip to the World War 1 Battlefields in Belgium and France this year was the addition of 25 members of our Pipes & Drums accompanied by four staff.

The band played at the memorial for the 51st Highland Division and marched across Newfoundland Park, retracing the footsteps of the brave soldiers who fought for our freedom 100 years before.  The band members and staff visited the graves of former pupils and some of our pupils managed to trace the location of the graves of their fallen relatives, and pay their respects. At some of these graves a piper played a lament in a poignant and fitting tribute.  

The band also played down Paschaendale Ridge near Ypres, with the History pupils, staff and accompanying parents from the School, marching behind.

On the final day, the band took part in the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate, a very memorable occasion for all who took part. Mr Roffe, Principal, spoke at the ceremony, quoting the famous words of John Maxwell Edmonds: “When you go home, tell them of us, and say, for their tomorrow, we gave our today.” Pipe Major Iain Simpson played The Flowers of the Forest and the band played during the wreath laying ceremony when Head Girl, Jodie White, and Head of Sixth Year, Kenneth Drummond, laid a wreath on behalf of the School. The band then marched off parade for the final time playing, quite appropriately The Battle of the Somme and The Bloody Fields of Flanders.

Mr Neil Fraser volunteered to  take film footage of the trip. Here is the poignant Menin Gate Last Post Ceremony.

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