TV star Robson at band’s jubilee

Robson Green leads the band with Drum Major David Brown. 'Picture by Mary Scott
Robson Green leads the band with Drum Major David Brown. 'Picture by Mary Scott
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There was a familiar face at the head of Rothbury Highland Pipe Band as it celebrated its diamond jubilee with a parade around the village.

TV star Robson Green, decked out in full band uniform, joined in the celebrations, as part of filming for the third series of Tales from Northumberland.

Robson Green joins the band. 'Picture by Mary Scott

Robson Green joins the band. 'Picture by Mary Scott

The band was originally formed as Rothbury Kilted Pipe Band in 1920. But, following the end of the Second World War and due to the age of many of the original members, the band went into limbo. In 1953, a founder member of the original band got a few old and new members together to practice and, in 1955, they played their first public appearance at a school sports day in Rothbury.

Saturday’s event was organised to mark the 60th anniversary of that first public outing as Rothbury Highland Pipe Band.

It started with a pipe-off from the Coquet Vale Hotel and featured a parade around the village, calling at the Railway Hotel, Queen’s Head Hotel, Newcastle Hotel and ending at the Turk’s Head Hotel where a new mace was presented by Coun Mark Gilson, the chairman of Rothbury Parish Council, to Drum Major David Brown.

Presentations were also made to the three oldest members – Noel Scott, Billy Murray and George Nixon.

Rothbury Highland Pipe Band with Spirit Buses. 'Picture by Mary Scott

Rothbury Highland Pipe Band with Spirit Buses. 'Picture by Mary Scott

The evening featured entertainment by singer Ropey, dialect poetry by Pipe Major Andrew Miller and hog roast.