The Southland Times
July 10, 2000
Southland men are planning a third tattoo in three years
and there's not a mark on either of them to show for it.
Mervyn Gunn and Royden Brown played with the City of Invercargill
Caledonian Pipe Band at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo
in Scotland in
1998 and again with the band at the tattoo in Wellington
Now they're practising for their return to Scotland this
The two are among four Southern territorial soldiers invited
to swell the numbers and sound of the Pipes and Drums
of the Wellington West Coast and Taranaki Regiment after
it was invited to play at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo
in Scotland this year.
Sergeant Gunn, Lance-Corporal Brown, Captain Wayne Duncan
and Corporal Lawrence McKerchar were all members of the
now disbanded Pipes and Drums of 405 South regiment but
answered the call to return to kilts when the northern
band came up short.
So far they've practised with the 13 other pipers and
10 drummers in the lower North Island regiment just once
_ next time they get together will be at Auckland International
Airport on July 21 when they catch the plane to Scotland.
The quartet meet up to practice regularly and had no problem
fitting in with their fellow pipers.
"We fitted in quite well," Sergeant Gunn said.
The regiment will also be sounding off in a massed display
of 600 pipers and drummers in the Scottish Bands' Royal
Tribute to the Queen Mother on July 27, just days before
her 100th birthday.