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VE Day honour for Buckie piper


By Alan Beresford

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A BUCKIE piper was given the honour of playing a part in the official commemoration of the 75th anniversary of VE Day on Friday.

Pipe Major Andy Reid plays in memory of those who fought in World War II.
Pipe Major Andy Reid plays in memory of those who fought in World War II.

Pipe Major Andy Reid (35), who serves with the 1st Battalion Scots Guards, found himself as the lone piper atop the iconic white cliffs of Dover, the skirl of his pipes soon drowned out as two Spitfires thundered overhead their Rolls Royce Merlin engines roaring.

In a unique photoshoot involving all three services the Royal Navy had HMS Severn, a River Class patrol vessel, manoeuvring in the background, the British Army with Pipe Major Reid playing and, of course the two Spitfires belonging to the Royal Air Force’s Battle of Britain Memorial Flight overhead. The footage was one of the few events paying homage to those who suffered and paid sacrifices during World War II.

As Pipe Major to one of Scotland’s best known regiments, Andy Reid, who followed his father’s footsteps into the Army in 2001, was selected for this honour. His Father had played saxophone and clarinet as an Army musician in the regimental band of the Gordon Highlanders. Although born in Germany where his dad served at the time, Andy returned to Buckie where he grew up and went to school at Buckie Community High School.

Pipe Major Reid said: ‘It’s crucial we remember we and the whole nation remember, particularly at this time of crisis.

"I along with the other guys back in camp are on standby to deploy as part of the Military’s Covid Support Force, but on the day (VEDay) if I’m not tasked I’ll be playing outside the Battalion Headquarters back in Mons Barracks, Aldershot.

"Ordinarily we’d be moving into our busiest time of the ceremonial year with big events like the Trooping of the Colour, but of course this year it’s all had to be cancelled; probably the first time since the end of the Second World war!

"I’ve only ever been to Dover before to catch ferries so this is quite special. It’s great to be able to represent my regiment and play my part in the national commemoration of such an important event."

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