We are approaching that time of year when Scots around the world brace themselves for a large dose of Robbie Burn’s. This year on Saturday 25th Jan the band will be at the Standing Stones Hotel to celebrate the Bard’s life, poetry and songs, with a wee bit o’ the Great Chieftain O’ the pudd’n race and a drop of the amber liquid. (senior members only?) All in aid of fund raising for the Stenness School’s older pupils trip to Nethlybridge. This had become an annual event, not to be missed. Enjoy a bit of Burn’s culture and a Haggis meal followed by a ceilidh dance.
The Stromness Pipe Band met Santa and his Elves, Pixies and helpers today Saturday 14th December 2019 as they came off the Stromness RNLI lifeboat and escort them all through the town and up into his Grotto at the Community Centre. Lots of young folk entered the Grotto and wandered through the wonderland of Disney and other cartoon characters before meeting Santa himself. Hot/cold Drinks and super hot mince pies were available after visiting Santa and the members of the pipe band.
It is coming around to that time of year when we remember the dead of all wars but particularly the First and Second World Wars of last century. This year once again the Stromness RBL Pipe Band will lead the Royal British Legion (Stromness) Branch commemorations. A parade and service will take place on Remembrance Sunday 10th November starting from the Town House to the church at 10.30 am where a service of remembrance will take place. This will be followed at approx 12 pm by a parade out to the war memorial along the main street. Laying of wreaths by the various organisations during the playing of the lament on the pipes will be followed by the Last Post and 2 mins silence and prays. The whole parade will then return via the main street back to the Town House.
On Armistice day Monday 11th Nov, time to be announced Stromness Academy pupils will be conducting their own Remembrance Service at the War Memorial. The Stromness RBL Pipe Band will lead the pupils down from the Academy pausing at the Primary school for Legion, Royal Naval Association and other services standard bearers to join the front of the parade before continuing to the War Memorial. The service will be conducted by the pupils and a wreath will be laid. On completion of the service the parade will return to the Academy.
We have been asked to take part by leading a Viking style Fire Festival fun weekend entitled Orkoberfest on a theme similar to the German Octoberfest except this will be Viking orientated. A Jarl squad from Shetland South Mainland will be visiting to take part . The Fire Festival will take place on Saturday 26th October 2019. Leading off from in front of the Town House to Ness at 5pm. followed by a bonfire. I’m sure more info can be gathered from the media.
Members of the band before we set off for the fancy dress parade. Fantastic weather for the fancy dress carnival.
On Monday 22nd July the band played a selection of tunes at the pier head before the arrival of the Shopping Week Queen at 1100. As the Queen and her attendants were escorted up the pier from the Lifeboat they were lead by Pipe Major Mark Weir. There followed the opening ceremony. The band then lead the horse carriage carrying the queen and party through the streets of Stromness. During the afternoon the band played a selections of tunes at St Peter’s House, the old folks home.
On Thursday afternoon 2 members of the band attended the sheltered housing at Rae’s Close whilst the Shopping Week Queen and party distributed fruit and flowers to the residents. Just a few tunes and then a well earned cup of tea with some cake.
Friday evening saw the whole band on the street at the stage area for a parade as part of the entertainment before the three legged beer race??? At which the band do not take part.
Saturday evening as a climax to the week the band leads the very large, very load but very funny fancy dress and floats carnival. the Carnival wends it’s way from the south end of the town through the narrow streets to the north end and finishes on the football pitch. This takes a couple of hours before the prize giving takes place and the week comes to and end with fireworks and a street dance until 1am.
Eight members of the band had a day trip out to the island of Sanday on Sunday 30th June to play and take part in the islands fun weekend namely “THE SANDAY SOULKA.” Lots of activities for young and old and all in between. There was even a cricket match throughout the afternoon and when the rain came they continued playing, none of this rain stops play nonsense.
An international organisation promoting permaculture which conducts courses around the world including most parts of Britain are running a course in Stromness Orkney during the end of July and start of August. A social get together concludes the course at which we have been asked to entertain.