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The skill of the pipes had Rotarians tapping their feet on Tuesday as one of the country's finest players was guest speaker at the Berwick club meeting.

Saturday, 28th January 2017, 8:00 am

Andrew Smith, of Spittal, has played for the Queen and been Lone Piper at the Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle.

He began playing under the tuition of Peter Craig, at Eyemouth, at the age of five, and served in the Army for many years.

He explained how the chanter and pipes work, and gave president Peter Walton instruction on how to play them.

Andrew said that nowadays many promising youngsters gave up piping because of learning the chanter in the early stages.

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He delighted members with a selection of stirring tunes.

He also demonstrated the latest high-tech instrument, developed in Sweden, which is played through the computer.

He plays a set of solid silver bagpipes and is in great demand all over the district.

President Peter asked the club to join in a minute’s silence for Jim Graham, well-known gents’ outfitter in Marygate, Berwick, who was a former member.