Pipe band busks for instrument funds
By Nicky Carter - Reporter
FOR the first time since the start of the pandemic member of the Vintage Pipes and Drums were busy entertaining residents in Barnard Castle, busking to raise funds to equipment maintenance.
The eight-member group, which has an average age of 68, got plenty of feet tapping during the morning when they blasted away the cobwebs in their first public performance in two years.
Barry Waldron said: “It’s the first time in two years we have been out playing, since before Covid.
“We’re hoping to raise a bit of money to help with the cost of maintaining the equipment and for paying for reeds as they have shot up in price.”
The group, which has five pipers, two snare drums and a bass drum, practices every Monday at Winston village hall between 11am and 2pm.
He added: “When the band retired, we decided to keep meeting and playing as we do it for our own enjoyment.
“We are looking for experience pipers and drummers to join us if anyone is interested in taking part.”
For more information on the Vintage Pipes and Drums contact 01833 660 562.