Piping legend’s legacy lives on with KSPB

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The daughter of a legendary piper has presented a set of commemorative bagpipes on loan from Kintyre Piping Society to Kintyre Schools Novice Pipe Band.

Morag Martin handed over the pipes complete with a special plaque honouring her father Willie McCallum, who a founder of the of the Kintyre Piping Society (KPS), in 1951.

Willie passed away at ‘best day of his life’ in Stornoway, last year, when his son, also Willie,  was the overall runner-up in the Donald Macleod Memorial Competition.

Last year KPS president John Lang Brown wrote: ‘For more than 60 years Willie dedicated a large part of his life to promote piping and in particular, his great love of the Piobaireachd in his beloved Kintyre.

‘As KPS secretary he generously gave his time and shared his wealth of knowledge to better the society and bring it to the fore of the piping world.

‘Throughout his years he organised recitals bringing the top solo players and pipe bands to ‘The Wee Toon.’

KSPB pipe major Julie Brown said: ‘The pipes will be loaned to an up and coming young piper.’

Morag Martin hands the commemorative pipes to Ian Mckerral at a KSPB rehearsal in the Grammar school. 25_c50pipes02_presentation

The inscribed plaque on the pipes. 25_c50pipes01_inscription