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Pipe Band in the High Street
The Invergordon Archive
Pipe Band in the High Street

A wonderful view of the High Street, which, judging by the shadows, has probably been taken in late afternoon. So what is the event? The date is a guess but must be post 1959 as the car in the far right bottom corner is a Mini, introduced in August 1959.

(Image kindly supplied by Invergordon Off the Wall Web Site: www.invergordonoffthewall.co.uk/)
Picture added on 24 March 2006
The pipe band in this photo is the Queen's Own Highlanders - not sure of the pipe major's name though. I recognise the band from the motif on the big bass drum and of course the feather in the head-dress.
Added by Flora Thomson on 09 October 2006
If Flora is right, then the year would be 1961 or later. The Queen's Own were formed in 1961 with the amalgamation of the Seaforths and Camerons.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 29 September 2007
Looks like it was in the evening. Must have been a special event to have a regimental band there. Rough guess might be one night in the sixties that I remember when the Royal Yacht was berthed in Invergordon during a visit by HM the Queen. It was a fine summer evening. There was a great carnival feeling about the town and there were pipe bands playing. I only have a clear recollection of the distillery pipe band who did a full marching and static display. It was during the period when they were at their best and it was an absolutely stunning spectacle. There also was at least one local rock (pop) band playing on the flat bed of a truck - possibly the "Jet Blacks". Obviously not sure about that since I would have been about ten years old at the time.
Added by Ron Fraser on 04 October 2007
The Pipe Band shown in this photograph is definitely not the Queen’s Own Highlanders! They appear to be a civvy band dressed in what was basically uniform of the Seaforth Highlanders, the pipers having Black Cock feathers in their glengarries and the Drum Major with a white and ?? plume in his feathered bonnet. I was a member of the QOHLDRS pipe band from 1963 - 77 and from 82 - 83 having joined the Cameron Highlanders as boy in 1959 from Invergordon. Also there does not appear to be a Pipe Major on parade - unusual for an army pipe band.
Hope this clears things up a little.
Joe MacDonald
Former Drum Major
Queens Highlanders
Added by Joe MacDonald on 24 April 2008
Joe, was wondering if you went to Brig o’ Don, Aberdeen, for your initial training, or did you join the Junior Soldiers Unit when it moved to Fort George? I was the drill and training Sgt there for a couple of years, eventually taking over as CQMS until I moved back to the Argylls.
Added by Doug Will on 24 April 2008
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