Hitting the Highland note

Scunthorpe and District Pipe Band will be performing at Boston's Christmas Market.
Scunthorpe and District Pipe Band will be performing at Boston's Christmas Market.

THE sound of the Highlands will be ringing out around Boston this Christmas, when one of the finest bagpipe bands in the UK comes to the town for its annual festive market – thanks to the community spirit of a town businessman.

Scunthorpe and District Pipe Band will be performing festive tunes and traditional bagpipe music when they visit Boston in December, after accountant Darron Abbot invited them to bring something a little different to the Yuletide celebrations in the town.

The band, which recently came seventh in a national pipe band competition, will perform three times on Sunday, December 11, in the Market Place, along West Street, and possibly in the Stump, depending on the weather.

Mr Abbott, who is funding the band’s trip, said he came across the band when they made a surprise appearance at a Last Night of the Proms-style concert he and his wife were attending in Skegness.

He said: “When the bagpipes came in playing things like Amazing Grace it really lifted the atmosphere.

“I thought ‘wouldn’t this be lovely for the Christmas Market.’

“It’s something a bit different. I thought it would be nice to have something like that. It’s a difficult year and I think if we can do something a bit different it might bring more people into the town.

“My heart is here in Boston and if I can do something to give something back, I do it.”

Mr Abbott, who did not want to say how much he had spent bringing the band to the town, added that it was the first time the group had been asked to perform at a Christmas market.

The band will also be joined by a troupe of Highland dancers.

They will perform three times throughout the day – at 10.15am at Harmony Music, on West Street, at 11.45am on the Market Place and possibly in the Stump, and at 1.45pm in the Market Place or in Strait Bargate. Coun Carol Taylor will be providing breakfast for the group.