Pipers play for peace and remembrance

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Pipers from across Arran played at services held around the island on Remembrance Sunday.

Following a tradition started in 2018, marking 100 years since the end of the Great War, the Arran Pipe Band pipers played in remembrance of lost pipers, as well as the many others, who sacrificed their lives in the war.

In Whiting Bay, the acting minister did not want a piper; instead piper Beverley Scott performed in front of Bay Stores in the village where 91-year-old Anna Taylor also did a very poignant reading of the poem They Shall Not Grow Old.

At Remembrance services held all across the country, pipers play the traditional Scottish lament, When the Battle’s O’er, following the observance of two minutes’ silence.

It is estimated that around 1,000 pipers perished in World War I. Pipers played for the troops as they marched into battle to lift their spirits and also to drown out the sounds of the battle. Unfortunately, pipers were targeted for these reasons and mortality rates among pipers were exceptionally high.