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Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald Write-up

The band has recently received a fantastic write-up from the Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald about our recent excursion to Passchendaele in Ypres Belgium. This was the second time the band has travelled to Ypres in order to stay committed to its Legion roots and once again the band out-done itself, further enhancing its reputation.

Through the trip the band participated in the Light Front' an event which saw 10000 participants light up with burning torches the entire front line as it had stagnated through Belgium in 1914 and the band also took part in the famous Menin Gate ceremony. However it was the bands personal touch to the trip which impressed many by travelling over the border to France where in the small town of Illiers the community there were staging a rededication of a memorial to Captain J J. Boyle (one of the sons of the then Lord Glasgow, Kelburn, Largs) who was killed on that precise day in action 100 years ago.

Another local touch was added by the band researching local who had been killed in the areas and as a result the band members stopped in Bois-Grenier to lay a memorial cross at the marker for Gunner William Dickie of West Kilbride at the request of his niece. The cross was laid by 3 of the band members who hail from that village and who quite literally stay within yards of the house where Gunner Dickies parents lived.

The last touch was the bands repertoire. Specifically learning selections of tunes which were appropriate for trip meant that the crowd were able to join in by singing tunes such as Goodbye Dolly Grey, Keep the Home the Fire's Burning, Pack up Your Troubles and It's a long way to Tipperary

The Ardrossan and Saltcoats quoted;

"At 7.55pm we heard the band approaching the gate and to everyone’s surprise they played a melody of World War 1 tunes. The crowd joined in by singing along with the band which was something no-one had heard before."

"The Pipes and Drums struck up Highland Cathedral and Amazing Grace and again the crowds sang out in accompaniment to both tunes. All the money in the world could not buy the emotions felt by the people present."

"Tears, sadness, memories and loss were felt by all. When the Isle of Cumbrae Band marched off to Hielan’ Laddie the crowd erupted. They did themselves and Scotland proud."

The Isle of Cumbrae Pipe Band would like to extend a thanks to the Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald for their kind words.

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