In times of great sadness, the lilting airs of Old Scotia are a most appropriate and fitting way to enhance a funeral and say goodbye to a loved one. There seems to be a broad acceptance the world over, that such a signal salute with Scottish bagpipes at a funeral ceremony provide an outstanding and emphatic conclusion, conveyed with both love and respect for the deceased. Traditional piping at funerals provides the structure for a loving and dignified send off.
For centuries, the great highland bagpipes have been at the heart of Scottish traditional ceremonies. Whether it be in a military context or in a private one, the instrument is a most effective way to heighten both the ceremonial impact and importance of any occasion.
Pipe Major Waterton-Anderson, KSG, KMM, OLJ, OMLJ, is no stranger to the quintessential ceremonies of Scotland, not least his broad experience with the traditional format of Burns’ Suppers. His father-in-law was a past President of the ‘Worldwide Burns Federation’ and his love for the works of ‘The Bard’ is fundamental. Not only can the pipes be part of any Burns’ Supper, but when there is need for a strong speaker to say a ‘Selkirk Grace,’ a spirited ‘Address to the Haggis,’ or even the ‘Immortal Memory Toast,’ all these are part of the wide skills he possesses.
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On behalf of my family and Norman’s partner, I would like to thank you for the bagpipe tribute. It made us feel immensely proud to be Scottish and your skilful playing and traditional appearance was a most fitting tribute for Norman’s send off. Kind regards, Don Michie.
(Norman Michie’s funeral, Sleights, Whitby, N. Yorks.)
Just a short note to pass on our heartfelt thanks for your piping on Friday 16th March. It turned out just as we had planned and hoped it would. The music would have been loved by Dad. Once again thank you for contribution to a great send off for him. Best Regards, Gregg Jones.
(Raymond Jones’ Funeral, Thorne, East Yorks.)
THANK YOU! Amy, Ed & I will never forget the significant contribution you made to ensure Colin’s wishes were fulfilled at his funeral. Apart from being a magnificent piper, your sensitivity and absolute professionalism throughout the funeral was truly outstanding. My lasting memory will be of you waiting outside the crematorium as we arrived - very special and very emotional. We feel a very close bond to you David - thank you for being Colin’s and our friend. Kind regards, Anna.
(Colin Young’s funeral, Haltemprice Crematorium, Willerby, East Yorks.).
Myself and all the family would like to thank you so very much for your attendance at Dad's funeral. Although my Dad had lived in North Yorkshire for 65 years he was a true Scotsman and never lost his accent in all that time. He loved the pipes and it seemed fitting that he should have them played at his funeral. The tunes you played were perfect and we thought you were so professional. The tribute you paid to him at the end was lovely.
Once again, thank you very much indeed. Kind regards, Christine Lamb
(William Pirie’s funeral, Malton, North Yorks.).
Christopher’s funeral on 20th November at Old Malton was a difficult day - but your beautiful pipe music and your compassion gave us strength to cope with dignity. You helped us to feel proud and we cannot thank you enough.
Kindest regards, Anne, Jane & Mark Campbell.
(Christopher Campbell’s funeral, Old Malton, N. Yorks.)
What can I say? I must thank you most sincerely for the dignified and emotive piping at my dear Malcolm’s funeral last week. I was a heap of tears when I recognised Malcolm’s Regimental March as you led us to the Crematorium and I was so taken by the lament you played afterwards. My family and I owe you a deep debt of gratitude for travelling all the way to Carlisle to be with us. God bless you!
Sincerely, Alexandra Forbes.