A Broch teenager took to the spotlight recently when he opened the Edinburgh Royal Military Tattoo.
Andrew Buchan (15) a member of the Fraserburgh Royal British Legion Pipe Band took pride of place and said the Gaelic toast to the President, immediately prior to the Tattoo’s start, before playing on the castle esplanade for thousands of spectators together with other members of the Broch RBL pipe band, seven other RBLS pipe bands, RBLS Standard Bearers and RBLS Branch Riders from around the country, who were all taking part in celebrating the Royal British Legion’s 90th anniversary.
Speaking to the Herald about the experience, Andrew said: “It was quite a nerve-racking day but it was a really good experience.
“I found it quite hard to learn the Gaelic toast, but after playing it a few times on itunes I picked it up.”
When talking of playing at the tattoo Andrew found the piping a lot easier than the gaelic, he said: “It got better every time we practiced it. I wasn’t really nervous until I was outside and behind the castle.
Commenting, Louise Buchan, Fraserburgh RBL pipe band secretary, added, how exhilarating the experience was, she said: “We all rehearsed at Dreghorn Barracks on the Friday, before attending the tattoo in the evening.
“Fraserburgh had 16 pipers, 1 Bass, 4 Tenors and 8 Snare Drummers taking part.
“We marched over the Castle Draw Bridge onto the esplanade playing ‘All the Blue Bonnets’ to an arrousing applause from the 8600 spectators. It was such an exhilarating experience and a memorable day for young and old alike, I am sure we will all tresure it for the rest of our lives.
“It was a very proud moment for Fraserburgh RBL Pipeband when Andrew opened the tattoo.”
Andrew added: “I would like to thank Captain Steven Small director of the army school of bagpiping at Redford Barracks and Kevin Gray of the Royal British Legion for helping me on the day.”
Neil Griffiths, Royal British Legion Scotland explained the back gorund of the RBLS, he said: “The RBLS was created from five ex-Service associations in St Cuthbert’s Church at Edinburgh’s West End on June 21, 1921, under the leadership of Edinburgh-born Earl Haig. All Legion branches around the world sprang from that meeting.
“Hundred of RBLS pipers and standard bearers, along with 125 bikers of the Legion’s Riders Branch, marked the ninetieth anniversary of the organisation, by parading at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on Friday August 12.
“Piper Andrew Buchan, 15, from Fraserburgh, said the Gaelic toast to the President, immediately prior to the Tattoo’s start, to hail the night’s salute-taker, Lt General Sir Alistair Irwin, President of the RBLS.
“Andrew won this honour by winning the Legion’s national solo piping competition. He also led 168 other pipers in ‘Highland Cathedral’ during the Legion’s Tattoo parade.
“The Riders were formed on St Andrews Day 2010 and has nearly 500 members. The bikers are all ex-Servicemen and women.”