Skirl of pipes for bless­ing the tar­tan at St An­drew’s

Whanganui Midweek - - NEWS -

St An­drew’s Tu­rak­ina Pres­by­te­rian Church is hold­ing a Kirkin ‘o’ the Tar­tan ser­vice this Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 14.

There’s an open in­vi­ta­tion to any­one who en­joys wear­ing the tar­tan, or is of Scot­tish de­scent or has a love of the cul­ture.

The tra­di­tion was started by the Rev Peter Mar­shall in New York in the 1940s, rais­ing funds for the Bri­tish war relief dur­ing World War II. Rev Mar­shall was orig­i­nally from Coat­bridge in Scot­land.

Sto­ries abound of the Kirkin’s roots be­ing in days of the Bri­tish Act of Pro­scrip­tion when wear­ing the kilt was banned in the Scot­tish high­lands. In re­sponse, small pieces of tar­tan were brought to church to be se­cretly blessed.

This year’s event starts at 2pm on Sun­day and will fea­ture piper Callum Cameron.

Callum be­gan learn­ing the pipes in 2005 un­der the tu­ition of Mar­ion Hors­burgh at Scots Col­lege in Welling­ton, where he played for the Scots Col­lege Pipe Band.

In 2008, Callum joined the Manawatu¯ Scot­tish So­ci­ety Pipe Band and af­ter a sea­son with them he took a two-year break and moved to Christchurch to study.

While still based in the South Is­land, he played for Manawatu¯ in the New Zealand na­tional cham­pi­onships in 2012, 2013 and 2014. At the end of the 2014 sea­son, he joined the Can­ter­bury Cale­do­nian So­ci­ety Pipe Band and spent three sea­sons with their grade 2 band, and one with the then New Zealand cham­pi­ons in grade 1.

His in­volve­ment with pip­ing con­tin­ues through work­ing on the com­mit­tee for the High­land Pip­ing So­ci­ety of Can­ter­bury, renowned for its an­nual Sil­ver Chanter solo pip­ing com­pe­ti­tion, and as a mem­ber of the Scot­tish So­ci­ety of New Zealand Pipe Band which has just re­turned from the 2018 World Pipe Band Cham­pi­onships in Glas­gow, plac­ing a re­spectable sev­enth in the world in Grade 3A.

Callum Cameron at the 2018 World Pipe Band Cham­pi­onships.

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