Skirl of the pipes

Bush Telegraph - - News - By CHRIS­TINE MCKAY

There were tears as the swirl of the pipes and drums echoed through the Eileen Mary Rest Home on Satur­day dur­ing a spe­cial trib­ute to Ian McDon­ald, who has given 65 years of his life to high­land pipe bands in our town.

“We’re cel­e­brat­ing the amazing ded­i­ca­tion and the self­less­ness of Ian who has given the past 65 years to the Dan­nevirke District High­land Pipe Band and it’s suc­ces­sor, the Dan­nevirke High­land Pipe Band,” Bron­wyn Wother­spoon, pres­i­dent of the band said.

“We are all in­debted to you and Glen­nis (his wife, who as acted as sec­re­tary). Thanks for guid­ing the ship so well.”

Bron­wyn stepped up as pres­i­dent when Ian be­came a res­i­dent at Eileen Mary.

“My son Matthew had 15 years of pleasure with the band, so be­ing pres­i­dent is a small thing I can do,” she said.

Ky­nan Grif­fiths was for­merly a mem­ber of the Napier Cale­do­nian So­ci­ety when he first met Ian.

“Without his point­ers and help­ful hints I wouldn’t be here to­day,” he said. Tararua District mayor Tracey Col­lis said the spe­cial trib­ute, ac­knowl­edg­ing Ian’s 65 years of ded­i­ca­tion to the high­land pipe band, was well de­served.

“You are leav­ing us with a high­land pipe band which is con­tin­u­ing to grow,” she said.

Along with Ky­nan, help­ing to swell band numbers is Craig MacMil­lan, a new doctor in Dan­nevirke from Scot­land. Re­cruited by the former Tararua Health Group chief ex­ec­u­tive Sharon Wards, Craig was look­ing for a place­ment in a town with a pipe band.

“We were de­lighted when he walked through the ban­d­room doors,” Bron­wyn said. “There is also another person shift­ing to Dan­nevirke from Napier who will be join­ing the band, so we are in good heart.”

Liz Ed­wards, whose grand­son Scott and daugh­ter Diana were play­ing with the band on Satur­day, thanked Ian for the ex­am­ple of ded­i­ca­tion and loy­alty he had set.

“You are pretty spe­cial,” Liz said. “I re­mem­ber when I first saw the band play­ing in 1962, you were wear­ing your leop­ard skin as you played. The thought­ful­ness, kind­ness and en­cour­age­ment you’ve shown to others is an out­stand­ing les­son to us all.”

As a band mem­ber Ian played tenor drum and was band pres­i­dent and he said Satur­day’s trib­ute was an emo­tional time for him and wife Glen­nis.


Members of the Dan­nevirke High­land Pipe Band paid trib­ute to their former pres­i­dent and tenor drum­mer, Ian McDon­ald, at Eileen Mary Rest Home on Satur­day.

Glen­nis McDon­ald, left, her hus­band Ian and new pipe band pres­i­dent Bron­wyn Wother­spoon at the spe­cial pre­sen­ta­tion func­tion.


Dan­nevirke’s Ian McDon­ald (seated cen­tre) and his wife Glen­nis dur­ing the trib­ute on Satur­day at Eileen Mary Rest Home, by the Dan­nevirke High­land Pipe Band in recog­ni­tion of Mr McDon­ald’s 65 years ser­vice to the pipe band.

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