Bridge bu­gler’s lament ends up go­ing vi­ral

The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - NEWS -

A worker’s pri­vate trib­ute to the fallen in war has reached an au­di­ence of hun­dreds of thou­sands – de­spite be­ing staged deep in­side the hid­den work­ings of the Queens­ferry Cross­ing.

For­mer Ter­ri­to­rial Army man Frank Proc­tor, 57, played the Last Post on a bu­gle in one of the bridge’s in­ter­nal cham­bers, but could never have guessed just how pop­u­lar his ef­fort would be­come.

Frank, who learned to play the in­stru­ment as a child, said: “It all hap­pened last year when I was work­ing as a shot blast sprayer con­trac­tor on the bridge.

“I thought it would be good to play in there be­cause the acous­tics in­side the bridge were amaz­ing.

“But it was just an old bu­gle and it wasn’t very tunewor­thy.”

How­ever, his work­mates were im­pressed and de­cided he de­served an up­grade.

Frank, who stays in Dun­fermline, con­tin­ued: “When I played it for the lads they seemed to like it.

“The next thing I knew, they’d been on to eBay and bought a bet­ter one for me for Christ­mas.”

Frank’s ren­di­tion, with its som­bre notes re­ver­ber­at­ing through the bridge’s cav­ernous work­ings, was videoed and went vi­ral af­ter be­ing posted on Facebook. The 57-year-old added: “It’s all gone from there. It’s un­be­liev­able how many peo­ple have watched it.”

Frank learned the bu­gle as a 14-yearold in his home­town of Bolton.

“It was just a way of keep­ing my­self amused,” he added.

“It is in­cred­i­ble how it has spread,” he said. “I even get in­vi­ta­tions from peo­ple to play at re­mem­brance events af­ter they’ve seen it.”

See the video the­courier.co.uk

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