The Southland Times
September 01, 2000
Southland bagpipers returned this week from a hectic month
in Scotland performing at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
Territorial soldiers Royden Brown, of Otautau, Lawrence
Lumsden, Wayne Duncan, of Waikaia, and Mervyn Gunn, of
Myross Bush, were invited to swell the ranks of the Pipes
and Drums of the Wellington West Coast and Taranaki Regiment
at the tattoo's 50th anniversary. Mr Brown and Mr Gunn
were both members of the City of Invercargill Caledonian
Pipe Band that performed at the tattoo in 1998.
Mr Gunn said the first engagement was a royal tribute
for the Queen
Mother's 100th birthday.
This was in a tattoo format and performed at Edinburgh
Castle. It involved 11 British regimental bands and eight
regimental bands from around the Commonwealth. It took
three full days of rehearsal for the one-off show.
The band then had three days off before learning a new
set of tunes and marching displays for the three-week
season of the Edinburgh Tattoo.The cast featured the most
pipe bands ever _ eight from Britain and seven from the
Other acts included Canadian Mounted Police (without their
mounts), a Maori concert group from Rotorua, a Zulu dance
team and West Indian steel band.
During the day, the band was invited to take part in several
activities, Mr Gunn said.
They included street parades through Edinburgh and Glasgow
and joining with 10,000 other pipers and drummers for
the world's biggest pipefest raising money for cancer
The New Zealanders received much media attention due to
their unique lemon-squeezer hats.
They also attended the world pipe band championships to
cheer on New Zealand's only representative, the City of
Wellington pipe band.