Pipes to sound around the world

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GRAFTON Dis­trict Ser­vices Club Pipe Band pres­i­dent and pipe ma­jor Den­nis Darke has played the clas­sic ode The Bat­tle’s O’er thou­sands of times but he’ll never play with as many as he will this Sun­day.

Bag­pipers across Aus­tralia will be part of an in­ter­na­tional com­mem­o­ra­tion on No­vem­ber 11 to mark the sign­ing of the Ar­mistice that ended World War I and will hon­our the ser­vice and mem­ory of more than 2000 Al­lied pipers who were killed and wounded in the war.

At 5pm, as Cen­te­nary of Ar­mistice com­mem­o­ra­tions re­mem­ber the fi­nal day of the war, at memo­ri­als across Aus­tralia and Eu­rope pipers and bands will play The Bat­tle’s O’er, a tune com­posed a cen­tury ago to hon­our those who served and is to this day played by bands the world over.

The Grafton Dis­trict Ser­vices Club Pipe Band will par­tic­i­pate in this com­mem­o­ra­tion with a per­for­mance at the club start­ing at 4.40pm and fin­ish­ing at 5pm with the play­ing of The Bat­tle’s O’er.

“An­zac Day and other com­mem­o­ra­tive events in our com­mu­nity each year are im­por­tant times to re­flect on the ser­vice of ear­lier gen­er­a­tions and each year, as in­di­vid­ual play­ers and as a band, we are hon­oured to be part of lo­cal ser­vices and marches,” Mr Darke said.

“The bag­pipe tune The Bat­tle’s O’er is part of the An­zac story – a tune al­ways in the piper’s reper­toire that al­lows us as mu­si­cians to con­tinue shar­ing the sto­ries of An­zac, hon­our and grat­i­tude to those who have served over the last cen­tury.”

Photo: Adam Houri­gan

ALL TO­GETHER: Pipe ma­jor and pres­i­dent of Grafton Dis­trict Ser­vices Club Pipe Band Den­nis Darke will play with other bands si­mul­ta­ne­ously around the world on Re­mem­brance Day. Read our spe­cial fea­ture on how the Clarence Val­ley will re­mem­ber 100 years since the guns fell silent.

Photo: Adam Houri­gan

SI­MUL­TA­NE­OUS TUNE: Grafton Dis­trict Ser­vices Club Pipe Band pres­i­dent and ma­jor Den­nis Darke pre­pares.

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