Nice site ! I grew up in Shepshed and left England in 1953. I have played bagpipes for over 60 years. I just wondered what was going on in Leicestershire with piping.
The band I play with has been at the Worlds three or four times. We did both G1 and G2 over the years. It looks like you have a good group and are working with youngsters. I teach piping and have been many times to both the old C.O.P. and the Piping Center in Glasgow. My company is House of Bagpipes in San Francisco. There was a pipemaker in Leicester years ago on Waring Street but I think Wearing Street is gone now. Robert Thompson was his name and a friend of my Grandmother.
Just a short note from a visitor . Nice work and maybe one day I can visit a practice nite.
Lynne Miller H.O.B.
Sorry to heart that Ted Gumley died, he and my father formed the pipe band I too remember De Montfort Hall Wicksteed and Drayton Manor Park with us children getting money from the band to pay for some of the rides
Kate Reading (nee Gumley)
Lovely to see a photo of my late dad Ted Gumley ....old boys photos image 2 ,Ted is the one on the left .Sadly he passed away on June 1st 2009 aged 90..I have many happy memories of those times ...especially Wicksteed Park and the Highland Games ....between Leicester.London & Corby ! and of course not forgetting Hogmany at Demontfort Hall .
I was looking at picture of the Seaforths when I found pics of your band. It was very interesting for me as I served in the Regimental Pipes and Drums of the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada for 34 years. Excellent website Caber Feidgh Gu Bra D/Sgt Dickins(ret)
John F.A. Russell CD
I really enjoyed visting your web site.
I was a member of the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada Pipes & Drums in Vancouver BC Canada from 1960 to 1963 then moved to Powell River B.C. Good to see that you are passing on piping and drumming to the younger generation.
Philomena reid fernandez
My father Anthony Brendan Reid was in the Seaforth Highlanders during world war II. He always talking about his memories he had playing the bagpipes..I wish I had a picture of him in his kilt I would cherish it..He was from Warrenpoint but when he was in the Army he lived in Rostrevor... My he Rest in Gods Heavenly Peace..
I have very happy childhood memories of proudly accompanying my Grand Parents, Jim & Winnie Hardy, to the Seaforth Highlander days out at Wickstead Park and seeing in the New year in grand style at the DeMontfort Hall.
I hope that I will be able to make it to one of the events this year to hear you play again