Northumberland piper's roaring support during Clap for Carers tribute

Residents of a Northumberland village were treated to the sound of bagpipes as they showed their appreciation for our carers.

Friday, 24th April 2020, 3:45 pm
Updated Monday, 27th April 2020, 12:33 am

Piper Andy Grant paraded through South Charlton, near Alnwick, for the Clap for Carers tribute on Thursday night – and even got people dancing in the streets

“It was excellent,” said Andy. “The whole village was out in force once again and some residents actually dressed up in tartan holding whisky and toasting as I marched on past them.”

It was the second successive week he has paraded through the village playing Scotland the Brave having previously played from his garden.

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Dancing in the streets.

“It’s all been done keeping social distancing in mind – which isn’t that hard in a small village like mine,” said Andy.

“There’s been a great response from the local residents,” he added. “I really was taken aback the first time I did it.

“There are quite a lot who are haven’t ventured out of their house for some time now so my idea was to march through the village and play a tune for them.

“Even those who didn’t come out watched from their windows which was marvellous to see. There was lots of cheering and applause. It really was quite emotional.

Andy Grant plays the pipes through South Charlton.

“I’m not doing any of this for myself. I just wanted to do something to help lift the doom and gloom.”

He is also proud of the way communities across Northumberland have supported the Clap for Carers tribute.

“I did wonder whether rural areas would get behind it the way they have done in the cities but I have been pleasantly surprised by the amount of people taking part,” he said.

“It shows that Northumberland is a wonderful place.”

Piper Andy Grant performing during the Clap for Carers tribute in South Charlton.

Andy, who runs the Pipers Pitch catering van in Craster, has had more time to play the pipes in recent weeks since he was forced to temporarily close down due to coronavirus.

Last week he did an online concert in his back garden which raised £120 for Captain Tom's Moore’s NHS fund-raiser which now stands at over £28million.

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