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1st Kirkwall Coy. Boys Brigade Pipe Band
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1st Kirkwall Coy. Boys Brigade Pipe Band

My thanks again to Ronald Muir for permission to copy his original.
Back row to front row and from left to right:-
James Marwick,Leslie Campbell,Ronald Muir,Cecil Sinclair,Ian Scott,James Maxwell, David Walker.
Neil Johnston,Robert Scott,Ian Findlay,William Macleod(Instructor of Piping), Brian Findlay,William Hercus,Arnold Calder.
Even to this day,quite a few of the names are still associated with the Kirkwall City Pipe Band,as veterans now of course,and no mean achievement.
Peter Burges.
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Picture added on 03 September 2007
Willie McLeod.....A grand old piper..and tutor!
Anonymous comment added on 08 January 2008
What a fantastic memory! I was the (junior) pipe major at the time I think, under the careful, inspired guidance of Willie Macleod.
(I also remember the very hairy cycle rides when 4 or 5 of us - it seemed - rode home from Willie's house - all on/in someone's message bike - near the - I can't spell it quarry - which was out the Glaitness Road. We had been well fed and watered + a few hours of practice and then downhill at ever increasing speed to the bright lights of Kirkwall.
1950's version of skateboarding you could call it!

Added by William Hercus on 16 January 2008
Aye William, Happy days. There are 3 people in the photo, who are still playing in the Kirkwall City Pipe Band today.Thats 52 years ago? Cecil Sinclair, Arnold Calder and Brian Findlay.
Added by Brian Findlay on 18 November 2008
Although no longer playing the pipes I also have fond memories of crowding round Willie's kitchen table playing the chanter. There was also repairing of pipes and fitting new bags to them. A grand supper laid on by Willies long suffering wife (was it Jeannie? my memory fails me). Then the cycle home past Walliwall quarry. Great fun, especially during snowy nights .
Added by Neil Johnstone on 01 February 2009
I am sure three of the drums in the picture are still owned by the Kirkwall Boys' Brigade and should be on view in an exhibition in Tankerness House Museum in March 2009 to celebrate the Company's 100 years.
Anonymous comment added on 03 February 2009
MacLeod Drive, one of the new roads in beyond the Picky caravan park and Polrudden Guest House, is named in memory of said Willie MacLeod.
Added by David Tullock on 18 May 2016
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