RAF Waddington Pipes and Drums take centre stage at the Buxton Tattoo and battles the elements in Scotland
We were very proud to play for Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton, as we bade a sad and final farewell to the Nimrod R1 on the 28th June. It was a great honour for us as several members of the pipe band have through the years worked on Nimrod. Our Band Officer, Kirsteen Macdonald was the last Design Authority for the Mission System and has spent many a long night flying on this aircraft.
Staying on home ground one of the main events in our calendar is of course the Air Show. Once again the sound of pipes and drums was heard up and down the flight line to the delight of the large and very appreciative audience.
A couple of days before the air show the band were out in full force to entertain visitors to the Royal Norfolk Show. This was hot on the heels of our appearance the week before at the Lincolnshire Show; both were two day events attracting a huge amount of visitors.
The Lincolnshire Show is very close to our hearts as not only have we performed there before but it was also the bands first public performance way back in 1967. This was the first year however that we were the lead band and it gave an excellent opportunity to once again engage with our local community.
Despite inclement weather, the event once again proved a huge success. The band is getting used to sharing the main arena with prize pigs, sheep, cattle, horses and even the Dancing Diggers JCB formation team but as sure footed as mountain goats we managed to negotiate the ruts, hoof holes and dung pats with military dignity.
Competitions have been coming fast and furious of late. At the Scottish Championship in Dumbarton and the British at Annan the Waddington band battled not only the opposition but the best that a Scottish summer could throw at us, driving rain and high winds. At the Colchester Highland Games we picked up 4 lots of silverware including best drum corps.
Finally we must mention the Buxton Tattoo which is held annually in July to support the Army Benevolent Fund. The band were delighted to take part again in this musical spectacular with our own Pipe Major Finlay MacGhee, the lone piper, closing the show to the haunting tune of “Lest we Forget”.