Gil­lie kept hon­our from ev­ery­one - even her hubby

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Keep­ing the pipe band in the McNab fam­ily, three of her six grand­chil­dren are in the Pit­lochry group. It even saw an ap­pear­ance by the youngest Ruar­igh, who marched on stage with a drum when he was the tini­est of tod­dlers.

Gil­lie went back to be­ing sec­re­tary in the 80s and is the main or­gan­iser of the weekly out­door per­for­mances, the High­land Night held at Pit­lochry Re­cre­ation Ground.

“It’s a big task, the events we put on for tourists are the band’s main fundraiser. Pro­ceeds help with uni­form and travel ex­penses,” Gil­lie ex­plained.

“And as well as sec­re­tary and fundrais­ing, one of the other main things I do is start all the learn­ers off on the prac­tice chanter, get­ting them ready for pipes.

“I’m also the equip­ment of­fi­cer, so I kit them all out as well.”

Gil­lie’s work­load is full on at the mo­ment: “It won’t be long be­fore the Vale’s next fundraiser, the Ju­nior Pipe and Drum Com­pe­ti­tion, on Jan­uary 19. Any­one can come and watch the com­pe­ti­tion, we hold it at Pit­lochry High School ev­ery year. There’s a big raf­fle and 19 dif­fer­ent com­pe­ti­tion events. Gil­lie and the Vale of Atholl at Pit­lochry’s New Year street party. Pic by An­gus Findlay

Right now I’m deep into pre­par­ing the en­tries, we get thou­sands of young peo­ple from all over com­ing to com­pete.”

De­spite 50 plus years of ser­vice, Gil­lie has no plans for retirement

from or­gan­is­ing or from the band. The BEM award just adds to her feel­ing of ded­i­ca­tion.

“Last week, we were play­ing in Tesco on Perth’s Cri­eff Road and do­ing a bucket

col­lec­tion. Many peo­ple heard the pipes and came up to me and said ‘well done, heard about your BEM, it’s to­tally de­served.’ I told them I feel very hum­bled to be get­ting it, but ec­static too.”

Bound to the band

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