Good morning everybody, my name is James and I am in the Shell year group but I have actually been at Merchiston since joining Pringle in 2012, so that meant in 2014 when we as a School commemorated the 100th anniversary of the beginning of WW1, I was here and an idea sparked and grew. As we thought about the 177 Merchistonians who died in WW1, I was reminded of stories that my family told of my great great Uncle Duncan McNaughton, who, although not a Merchistonian, played while serving with a Scottish Regiment in the war. We still have his pipes in the family, and I thought ahead and wondered whether as a School we could do something to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. What about a band of 100 Merchistonian pipers and drummers parading after the Memorial Service in 2018, which appropriately is on 11 November 2018?
So, I wrote to the Headmaster, and in short here I am 3 years later, hoping to share the idea with you and to ask you – boys, parents, staff, Merchistonians – to sign up for next year’s event or let others know of this event, which we hope will take place after next year’s service. It may rain, it may snow, it might be fine … but nothing will compare to what that generation of Merchistonians and my great great Uncle went through. So pipers and drummers let’s try and make it 100 for the 100th anniversary of WW1. Many thanks to the Headmaster, the Merchistonian Club and Office, and all who are helping with this idea. Thank you for listening, and thank you in advance for supporting.
A community, that honours its past, engages and inspires in the here and now, and looks to the future with hope and faith is a healthy community.