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Strathspey and Reel at opening of OIC offices
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Strathspey and Reel at opening of OIC offices

The Orkney Strathspey and Reel Society in full flight playing for her majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh at the official opening of the council offices in School Place. Date is the 12th of August 1978. Looks like the late Ronnie Aim leading with Bert Baikie and Glenn Shearer on guitars. Amongst the fiddlers I can only recognise Hugh Inkster and Alan Gifford - I'm sure others will be able to fill in the blanks.
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Picture added on 23 February 2009
The fiddler next to the chap in the light suit is Davie Eunson of Colster, Deerness, himself a fiddle maker, player, and composer of tunes.
Added by Norma Campbell on 24 February 2009
Playing the guitar on the right is Glen Shearer (the late Pat Shearer's son) and the two young girls playing the violins in the centre are Ingrid Donaldson on the right and Alison Walker on the left.
Added by Alli Kemp on 24 February 2009
Playing the fiddle in the centre back looks like it could be my Grandfather the late Tommy Kirkness from Holm. Can anyone confirm this?
Added by Jacqueline Murphy (nee Kirkness) on 25 February 2009
Hugh Inkster, next to David Eunson. Ronnie Aim the Leader Standing. Bert Baikie on Guitar beside Glen Shearer.
I think the one in the light suit was Alan something from Shetland, Bank Manager in Kirkwall????
Added by M&J on 25 February 2009
The man "in the light suit" as he is being described is Alan Gifford. Alan worked in The Clydesdale Bank in Kirkwall during the 80s. He has since returned to his native Shetland where he continues his excellent fiddle playing.
Added by David Tullock on 26 February 2009
Alan Gifford from Shetland. Used to be manager of Alliance & Leicester(?) Building Society.
Anonymous comment added on 26 February 2009
I think the lady with dark hair under the picture is Nanette Wylie. Wife of Sandy Wylie and mother of Tommy Wylie. She was from Shetland and very good on the box.
Ian Cameron
Added by Ian Cameron on 26 February 2009
Alan was great on the fiddle, but check out his son Andrew on www.fiddlersbid.com
Added by Jack Shearer on 26 February 2009
Just seen this - yeah I can play the fiddle but Andrew (born in Orkney!!) is amazing on fiddle, guitar, bass guitar, double bass - plays with The Chair on bass.
Added by Alan Gifford on 21 April 2012
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