Bagpiper celebrates Burns Night at Blackburn Market

Blackburn Citizen: Tony Bolton in action during Burns Night celebrations in Blackburn Market Tony Bolton in action during Burns Night celebrations in Blackburn Market

A BAGPIPER played at Blackburn Market as part of its Burns Night celebrations.

Tony Bolton, who has played the instrument for over 60 years, took to the stage at the Church Street shopping centre on Saturday.

Now a member of the Royal Burgh of Annan Pipe Band, Tony said he travels to Scotland from his home in Fernhurst, Blackburn, two to three times a week to rehearse.

He said: “I was nine when I first started playing the bagpipes.

“I was taught by an uncle of mine, Bernie Taylor who served in the Irish Guards.

“He set up the Glen Side Pipe band which was based at the West End Youth Club till he retired.

“I then joined the Lochenside band in Nelson where many of the players were retired Scottish and Irish Guardsmen.

“I successfully auditioned for the top band in England, the Mount Carmel Band, which was run by Walter McMinn and played with them for 10 to 12 years.”

There was also a display of Scottish Dancing and free Scottish-themed crafts running for children.

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11:04am Tue 28 Jan 14

juanbbien says...

What's with all this Burns Night Who's interested in him,why are we celebrating some Scotsman,they want independance from us and always display an hatred towards us
What's with all this Burns Night Who's interested in him,why are we celebrating some Scotsman,they want independance from us and always display an hatred towards us juanbbien
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12:59pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Darren1951 says...

juanbbien wrote:
What's with all this Burns Night Who's interested in him,why are we celebrating some Scotsman,they want independance from us and always display an hatred towards us
So, if you're not interested, shut the **** up! And whilst you're about it, do something about your English - my six year old niece can write and spell better than you, innit.
[quote][p][bold]juanbbien[/bold] wrote: What's with all this Burns Night Who's interested in him,why are we celebrating some Scotsman,they want independance from us and always display an hatred towards us[/p][/quote]So, if you're not interested, shut the **** up! And whilst you're about it, do something about your English - my six year old niece can write and spell better than you, innit. Darren1951
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10:09pm Thu 30 Jan 14

John_Preston says...

Hello Tony,
Great to see you playing, outfit looks very smart too.
Long time ago I was in the Glenside Pipe Band..if you remember John, wish I had continued with the band.
Still wish I hadn't lost the competition for us, but think that set of pipes that were loaned for me to play had a drone reed missing, when my set were found to be faulty.
Well, all the very best Tony, and keep piping.
Hello Tony, Great to see you playing, outfit looks very smart too. Long time ago I was in the Glenside Pipe Band..if you remember John, wish I had continued with the band. Still wish I hadn't lost the competition for us, but think that set of pipes that were loaned for me to play had a drone reed missing, when my set were found to be faulty. Well, all the very best Tony, and keep piping. John_Preston
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