Piper’s roulette and a bit of razzmatazz in the Fife highlands

Published: July 31, 2012
(Page 1 of 5)

By Jenny Hazzard

The Scottish summer continues. It has officially been the wettest June on record, and that’s saying a lot. There are ducks paddling on the cricket pitch near my house, and yesterday it took me an hour to drive six miles home from work due to flooding and multiple accidents (apparently driving in the pouring rain is tricky for some).

Incredibly, last weekend’s Highland games were unaffected, and the show went on.

The weekend’s offering comprised two more days out in Fife. I don’t know why the Fife games are concentrated at the early part of the season, but they are. I told my friends at work I was going to the Highland games at the weekend – when they asked where and I told them, they said, “Jenny I think you’ve been misled on the ‘Highland’ part of this Highland games idea. I know you’re Canadian, but you’ve been here a long time and you’re a geologist. I’d have thought you’d have clocked that the Highland fault is some distance north and west of Fife.”

Well, true, but Highland or not, we were off for a couple of days of piping, laughs, and plenty more silliness to report.

Ceres – North-East Fife, 44 miles from Edinburgh, seven miles from St Andrews. Population 1,010.

On Saturday we headed for Ceres, a tiny village that most people in Scotland (possibly most people in east-Fife) have never heard of. At the Eagle Pipers gathering in Edinburgh the previous Tuesday, the P-M announced that the games at Ceres would be held that weekend, and someone asked, “That’s quite a new games, isn’t it?” The rather more informed reply was, “Erm, actually it’s the oldest games in the world.” Apparently true – the story goes that the charter to hold . . .

Page 1 of 5123Last »
VN:R_U [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 5.0/5
VN:R_U [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: +1

NEW APP AVAILABLE
The new pipes|drums app offers the same publication with a streamlined experience. Get the latest news optimized for your smartphone.
Download on the App Store

Get it on Google Play
THIS DAY IN HISTORY:
February 8, 1603Battle of Glen Fruin.
MOST RECENT POST
  • Memories
    Sun, 7 Feb 2016
    I was reminded to remember a topic I’d forgotten to write about: memory. Specifically, the unwritten rule or tradition that pipers and drummers must memorize music. As far as I know, there is no specific rule with any association …
Read more »
UPCOMING EVENTS February 13, 2016Queen Mary Scottish FestivalQueen Mary, 1126 Queens Highway • Long Beach, CA

February 20, 2016The Metro Cup Solo Invitational CompetitionRamada Inn 160A Frontage Road Newark NJ

February 27, 2016More Ceol Mor! Piobaireachd WorkshopToronto Ontario

February 27, 2016Piping the Desert Layton Christian Academy 2352 UT

February 27, 2016Northeast Florida Scottish Games and FestivalClay County Fairgrounds 2497 State Road 16 West West Green Cove Springs FL 32043

TIP OF THE DAY
Ever have trouble deciding if your F is just a bit flat or sharp? If you think it’s flat, lift the D finger up and if it come into better pitch, you know you need to raise the tape slightly. If it’s not, well then, you have your answer as well.
Bruce Gandy

FROM THE ARCHIVES