Lone piper to mark cen­te­nary

Paisley Daily Express - - Front Page -

A lone piper will help mark the cen­te­nary of the Great War at Pais­ley Abbey as part of a poignant world­wide com­mem­o­ra­tion.

Pipe Corporal Michael Kerr of the Kil­barchan Pipe band will play the tra­di­tional Scot­tish air Bat­tle’s O’er at 6am on Re­mem­brance Sun­day.

More than 1,000 lone piper across the globe will mark 100 years since the guns fell silent at the end of World War One by play­ing at Cathe­drals.

Brian Knight, Pipe Ma­jor of Kil­barchan Pipe Band, will lead the band in a num­ber of spe­cial events on Sun­day.

He said: “We are proud to be play­ing a part in this his­toric in­ter­na­tional event to com­mem­o­rate the cen­te­nary of the end of the Great War, and to recog­nise the con­tri­bu­tion and sac­ri­fice made by the men and women from our own com­mu­nity.”

Bat­tle’s Over – A Na­tion’s Trib­ute has been de­vised and planned by Pageant­mas­ter Bruno Peek.

He has or­gan­ised ma­jor royal cel­e­bra­tions and in­ter­na­tional events for more than 36 years and has been work­ing on Bat­tle’s Over for more than four years.

He added: “I t ’s won­der­ful to see the event be­ing em­braced by so many or­gan­i­sa­tions and com­mu­ni­ties in this coun­try and around the world.

“The cen­te­nary of the end of the Great War is an op­por­tu­nity to ac­knowl­edge the enor­mous sac­ri­fice made by the mil­lions of men and women who died or were wounded, as well as those who worked tire­lessly at home in our fields and fac­to­ries.

“I feel so proud and priv­i­leged to have been able to work on this unique, his­toric peo­ple’s com­mem­o­ra­tion in­volv­ing thou­sands of in­di­vid­u­als, or­gan­i­sa­tions and oth­ers to en­sure those that gave so much to en­sure we all en­joy the free­dom en­joy to­day, will and never be for­got­ten.”

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