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Pipin' hot pies on hand for band

Cherie Howie
The Southland Times
July 13, 2001

WHEN City of Invercargill Caledonian Pipe Band singer Shannon
Cooper-Garland put out an SOS for a Jimmy's Pie for when she arrived home, fellow pie-lover Christine Hainstock swung into action.
"Musicans love pies. They are a tradition amongst band people because of the hours we work," Mrs Hainstock said.
But she also made sure other band members were not left out, with a pie on hand for each of the 35 band members and support crew on their arrival into Invercargill, courtesy of Jimmy's Pies and Supervalue.
The pies were well received and it could be the beginning of a long
tradition, she said.
The pipe band flew back into Invercargill yesterday after five weeks in
Canada performing in several shows, including the Nova Scotia International Tattoo.
Pipe Major David Pickett said it was great to be home after two hellish
days of travelling.
The band struck a lot of trouble getting home, starting at Halifax where the bus company mistook their 6am pickup time for 6pm and the plane had to be held up for half an hour, he said.
They then had a 15-hour flight from Los Angeles to Sydney after the plane was diverted from Melbourne because of fog. "We were supposed to get home at 7.30 last night." The tour had been a resounding success and the band had been invited back to the Edinburgh military tattoo in 2003, Mr Pickett said. It would now work towards getting a CD together after
countless requests from overseas fans, he said. "One woman told me `I need your music in my life' and this was synonymous with the reactions we got.
We've really established ourselves as an international act."


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