August 31, 2006

100 years for The Vale

The Robert Wiseman Dairies-Vale of Atholl Pipe Band will celebrate its 100th birthday on September 17 in Pitlochry, Scotland, with a members’ reunion and full-scale concert.

A “Buffet and Blether Bash” will celebrate 100 years of “The Vale” at Pitlochry Festival Theatre, with a buffet from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m.

Gillie McNab, the band’s secretary, says, “We are inviting all past and present members of the band and families to come to spend the afternoon meeting up and reminiscing with all the many tales from through the years.”

The Buffet and Blether Bash will be followed by a Centenary Concert in the evening at the Festival Theatre. A variety of artists will join the band, including Sheena Wellington, Gordon Patullo, the Edinburgh Tattoo Highland Spring Ceilidh Dancers, and Eddie Rose. Master of ceremonies will be Gary West, host of BBC Radio Scotland’s Pipeline, and a former member of the Vale. Tickets are available from the theatre.

Vale of Atholl is one of the world’s longest-running civilian pipe bands.

The band also says that a range of collectable centenary merchandise will be on sale.


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