Bagpipe Amnesty Hits A High Note With First Donation

by Sarah Fairley

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

A novel charity campaign to find old bagpipes to give new young players a better chance in life has seen its first donation from a surprising source

Fire fighters with children in front of fire engineThe Rosevale Tavern in Glasgow’s Partick area, a favourite amongst locals, has become the first to donate a set of bagpipes to the Bagpipe Amnesty-Old Pipes for New Learners appeal, which was launched by the Scottish Schools Pipes and Drums Trust on Monday 25th January.

After finding the traditional Scottish instrument on the street, the popular pub kept them for some 10 years. When they heard of the Bagpipe Amnesty, and the work of the Trust in giving youngsters to chance to play, they were quick to hand the pipes over to the unique project.

Craig Munro, owner of Wallace Bagpipes in Glasgow, has agreed to refurbish – free of charge – all donated bagpipes to ensure they are of the best quality for the children. He was delighted to receive the donation from the Rosevale Tavern.

Craig – a member of the Red Hot Chilli Pipers, said: “Piping can help change young people’s lives for the better so what the Bagpipe Amnesty is doing is fantastic and it’s brilliant to see people are getting on board already.

“We are delighted to be supporting such a fantastic cause. Many people have old pipes lying around and they don’t know what to do with them. It’s great that they can now donate to such a fantastic cause.”

Two other sets of pipes have been donated and the Bagpipe Amnesty has received a flood of interest and messages of support from around the world.

The Trust has been set up because the vast majority of pupils in Scottish schools do not have the chance to learn the pipes and drums in the classroom on the same basis as other instruments.

The Trust will loan donated pipes to young people who cannot afford to buy a set but who want to learn.

Unwanted pipes can be handed into one of 66 fire stations across Scotland that are supporting the Bagpipe Amnesty, as well as being handed into Wallace Bagpipes. Full details on the Fire Stations supporting the amnesty can be found on the website or by calling FreePhone 0808 281 9405.

Trust Chief Executive Alexandra Duncan said: “We are really grateful to those backing our campaign which will hopefully help change lots of young people’s lives for the better.

“We are delighted to receive our first pipes and hope this will be the start of a real flow of donations.

“The SSPDT is helping more than 1000 children across the country to learn the pipes and drums in state schools. This includes youngsters from some of Scotland’s most deprived areas who would never have the chance to learn piping.

“But with such a big programme – and with more young people interested in piping – we need pipes to take these young musicians to the next level. “

The SSPDT believe there must be hundreds of sets of pipes lying unused in cupboards and attics that could be given a new lease of life.

Donations of pipes can be made from February 1-14. After February 14 you can continue to donate old pipes to Wallace Bagpipes or call 0808 281 9405 to arrange for them to be collected from your house.

The appeal is also being supported by a comprehensive social media campaign (see @fairplay4pipes; and, which includes a gallery of videos


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