September 30, 2008

Scottish Lion-78th Frasers heading to Stornoway in August ’09

As part of the “Homecoming Scotland” celebrations, the Grade 1 Scottish Lion-78th Fraser Highlanders will travel to Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides in August at the invitation of the Stornoway Amenity Trust.
The SL78FH is the only pipe band invited to participate in the homecoming event, which celebrates and welcomes back those who may have emigrated from the Hebrides. The band plans to make the Stornoway visit the beginning of its annual trip to Scotland for the World Pipe Band Championships.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for the band to visit one of the few remaining places where traditional Celtic music and the Gaelic culture still thrive,” said Bill Livingstone, the band’s pipe-major. “I can think of few better ways to begin our annual Scotland trek in 2009 and want to invite our friends, fans and all expats to join us as we go home to Stornoway and Scotland and come along and be part of the homecoming.”
The Stornoway Amenity Trust is staging the event and will transport the band to and from Glasgow and provide accommodation while on the island.
It is not yet known what performances the band will make while at Stornoway, which has a population of just more than 8,000.
The band finished seventh at the 2008 World Pipe Band Championships.


  1. For those not familiar with the location of SY, it is at the end-of-the-world plus 14 miles. But the 78th will enjoy their excursion. I believe they are to be part of a mini-tattoo. (the midges are usually not to prevalent in the town so they should be spared this curse) Peter K. MacLeod, Thornhill, ON



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