Brìghde is Lone Piper at Highand Tattoo
A TALENTED Skye youngster will be playing a central role at the Highland Military Tattoo.
17-year- old piper, Brìghde Chaimbeul, who was born and brought up on the island and now lives in Kyle of Lochalsh, has been chosen as the Lone Piper for this year’s Tattoo which takes place at Fort George outside Inverness from 11–13 September.
An award-winning piper since the age of ten when she won the Piobaireachd competition at the final Strathclyde Police Piping Competition, Brìghde is a talented all-round musician who also plays the small pipes, whistles and piano.
She is the youngest ever winner of a junior pìobaireachd prize at the prestigious Northern Meeting and last year won the overall Under-18 trophy.
Brìghde is a former pupil of Niall Stewart, piping instructor for Lochalsh and South Skye schools.
Traditionally, the Lone Piper plays at the close of a military tattoo, bringing the event to an end before the performers march out of the arena.
Major General Seymour Monro, tattoo director, said: ‘The tattoo is showcasing the talents of many young musicians from across the Highlands and we are delighted that a fine young piper of Brìghde’s calibre is joining us for this prestigious role.’
Featuring an RAF Typhoon fly-past each night, massed pipes and drums, Highland dancers, military bands and an inter- Services competition, this year’s tattoo also has a focus on high quality local food and drink with a new improved catering and retail village.
Support for the village is coming from the Community Food Fund, which is financed by the Scottish government, and has been created to promote local food and drink, in line with Scotland’s National Food and Drink Year.
All profits from the events will be donated to armed forces charities. Tickets are available via Ticketline www. ticketline.co.uk or 0844 888 9991; at Eden Court box office on 01463 234234; or at the Highlanders’ Museum at Fort George on 0131 310 8701.