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In 1975 at the age of 10, Richard, together with his sister Debbie and later, his Father Harry, joined ‘The Banbury and District Caledonian Pipe Band’. At that time under the direction of ex- ’Cameron Highlander’, Pipe Major John ‘Jock’ Laidlaw, (above) who, with his wife Margaret, had been running the Band since founding it in 1962. John was also the nephew of ’Kings Own Scottish Borderers’ Piper ‘Daniel Laidlaw’ V.C. (The Piper Of Loos).

   It was at this time, Richard met fellow Piper and long time friend, Steven Duffy. Throughout 1976 Richard gained experience with the Band, playing at various functions, including very long marches in the blistering heat of that famous long hot summer.

   1977 brought more parades, contests and the ‘Queens Silver Jubilee’ functions. The following couple of years saw the departure of Steven Duffy into the ‘Scots Guards, and the introduction of more youngsters into the Band. The Band went from strength to strength, and in 1979 took part in it’s first ‘World Pipe Band Championship’. In this year Richard also gained his Elementary Certificate of Piping ‘ from ‘The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association’.


Over 30 years Piping cont’d..........

Over 30 years Piping.