A braw, bricht nicht

If you thought that you heard the skirl of the pipes in the Hospital on Tuesday, your ears were not deceiving you!

We were celebrating St Andrew’s Day with some new Scottish friends from various London organisations coordinated by Neil from the Caledonian Society of London.

First of all, there were dances by ladies and gentlemen from the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society.  They coped brilliantly with our small space, and persuaded several patients to join in with them!

Andrew, the piper from the London Scottish Regiment, told us about the bagpipes and how they work.  He advised us to cover our ears before he played a chorus of “Scotland the brave“!

Andrew took his pipes around the room to see who could squeeze the bag enough for him to get a note from them!

We then passed round a practice chanter (the bit that plays the melody), so that we could try to get a tune by covering the various holes with our fingers.  Some were more successful than others!

Alison introduced to her Pets As Therapy dog, a lovely yellow Labrador who was amazingly good with us and the various noises!

Finally, Elaine from the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society (and the 1st Hampton Hill Sea Scout Troop!) laid down her Claymore and gave us a sword dance.

It was a fantastic night with lots of new experiences, and we’d like to thank every one of our Scottish friends for coming along.

Happy St Andrew’s Day!

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*No haggises were harmed in the making of this week’s programme.