Pipers join Remembrance commemorations

Northumbrian pipers have joined a national day of commemoration to mark the centenary of the end of World War One

Sunday, 11th November 2018, 08:34 am
Updated Monday, 12th November 2018, 19:52 pm
Piper Anne Rooney at Scremerston war memorial.

To mark the anniversary, more than 2,000 pipers across the world performed the tune ‘When the Battle’s Over’ at 6am local time, marking the start of an international day of commemoration.

The majority of pipers will play the Highland Pipes but the North East’s tribute will be particularly poignant as Northumbrian Pipers play at over 40 memorials from Berwick-upon-Tweed to Adelaide, Australia.

Robert McBean at Berwick war memorial.

Among them were Anne Rooney at Scremerston and Robert McBean at Berwick.

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In the North East alone, nearly 100 Northumbrian and Border pipers will be involved in this moving tribute, playing individually and in groups in churches, cathedrals, schools and at war memorials. Some, who are unable to get to a memorial, have pledged to play from home in a more personal act of remembrance.

Particular locations in the area include Newcastle and Durham Cathedrals, Hexham Abbey, Alnwick Castle and Gardens and Berwick Parish Church as well as a huge number of parish churches and war memorials.

The Northumbrian Pipers' Society has been asked to support the Battle's Over Project and the College of Piping by co-ordinating the involvement the Northumbrian Piping community. Support from the Northumbrian Piping tradition is particularly relevant. The Northumberland Fusiliers, for example, raised 51 battalions for service, making it the second largest contributor after the London Regiment.

The tune When the Battle is Over is a Retreat March composed in the late 19th Century by Pipe Major William Robb, of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. The tune was inspired by some earlier melodies and entered the wider piping repertoire between the Boer and First World wars.