What can I say about last Friday evening’s gathering, other than what a great success it was.
I am only repeating what everyone has said to me.
It was great seeing over 30 Ex-Members online at one point. Tuning in to see how everyone was surviving through these hard times.
The ironic thing was, it was more the younger membership that was lacking in their attendance than the elder. So technology transcends all ages, better to have tried and failed than not try at all.
The membership was tuning in from all across the Globe and the UK.
With some new video footage and ‘Memories’ being the main theme of the evening, a lot of brains were trawled to great effect. The hilarity of some of these recollections was priceless.
Covid-19 and Government guidelines has made the last year very hard for a lot of people.
It was mentioned that this had been one of the best nights in for some, in quite some time.
I personally loved seeing the reactions on everyone’s faces while they watched footage of the 214 pipe bands of the 60’s and 70’s, Lifeboys at Croy Bay, Centenary footage at Ibrox and Inspections at St Tams, featuring PT, Vaulting, Pyramids, Indian Clubs and Presentation of prizes to name a few. All accompanied by relevant MacIver or 214 related music.
Please remember I also announced an appeal for all bandsmen to complete a questionnaire. This is regarding their pipe band career after they left the 214.
If anyone is struggling to access the questionnaire, please contact me and full instructions will be forwarded to you.
The history needs recorded and the only way we can do this is with your help.
I have a funny feeling there may possibly be another online gathering, prior to our delayed annual reunion in October.
More detail is required to be added to some of the photos, if you have sent me details of these I thank you I just haven’t got round to marking them up yet.
I must thank Willie Ellis who spent many hours with me, going through these a while back.
If you know the order of the people in the photos email me the names in order and I’ll update when I can, please note the photo number that is in (Brackets).
I have many more photos to sort and put up in Galleries which takes time as you can imagine, there is no point putting up photos with no detail. Also as you can see a lot of the photos are not picture perfect and clear. Donnie MacIver who took most of these had loads of blurry pics so I need to try and edit them to clean them up.
The next priority project is the Christmas Cards, so if you moved home please make sure we have your up to date address.
As we fight our own war against a virus, remember all who never returned from all conflicts.
At the 11th hour we will remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
We give our thanks to those who never came back, those who came back broken physically and mentally, and we thank those who continue to serve.
Lest we forget.
105 years ago, there was a cease-fire in the trenches of WW1, and soldiers on all sides found that they had more in common with their enemies than they realized…. As Christmas approaches, may we all be reminded to show love and warmth to our fellow men, and focus on the things that truly matter.