So, it’s a glorious day and I’m heading to Marr Hall, Erskine on the banks of the mighty River Clyde for the wedding of Sydnee and Fraser.
This time I’m with my good friend and colleague Ian Watson. He is a fantastic PIPER with loads of experience and was more than happy to help out ALLANDER PIPERS with what was shaping up to be a very glitzy affair. Sydnee and Fraser had stipulated that they wanted two pipers to set off their big a little differently.
If you’ve never been to Marr hall it is set in two hundred acres of the Earl of Mar’s estate. The building was started in 1828 and was completed in 1845. The stone was quarried locally while the oak for the very impressive beamed roof was imported from Canada.
Mar was once one of the seven Pictish kingdoms. Its rulers were known as Marmoers who took the title of the Earls of Mar in 1024 making it the oldest title in the whole of Great Britain.
Both Ian and I were in our Royal Stewart tartan kilts and jackets taking me back to our days in the Strathclyde Police Pipe Band and I must say we looked very smart. We kicked off proceeding with the ‘Green Hills of Tyrol’ a solid stirring retreat march to get us in the swing of things.
The wedding took place in the function suite which is a short walk from Marr Hall itself. We played Sydnee across and into her wedding with ‘The Brown-Haired Maid’. After Half an hour and a coffee. Later we played the happy couple and their guests back to the hall with the ‘Atholl Highlanders and ‘PM Donald Maclean of Lewis’ for a drinks reception.
An hour later and it was time to go back to the function suite which had now been transformed into a fantastic dining room. Ian and I wooed the guests out of the Hall with ‘Highland Cathedral’ before marching back with the bulk of the guests to the sound of ‘Scotland the Brave and ‘The Black Bear’.
So, it was nearly time to call it a day at Marr Hall but not before we played the happy couple to their seats with ‘Murdo’s Wedding’. The cheering was so loud that at one point I couldn’t hear my pipes.
Another fantastic afternoon and ALLANDER PIPERS look forward to being back at Marr Hall, Erskine again.