Haddington celebrates St Andrew's Day

Robert and Travis O'Brien from Glen Innes Pipe Band and local drummer Graham Foan provided the Scottish soundtrack for the day.
Robert and Travis O'Brien from Glen Innes Pipe Band and local drummer Graham Foan provided the Scottish soundtrack for the day.

On November 30 the residents and staff of Haddington Nursing Home celebrated St Andrew’s Day ‘Scotland-style’.

The main lounge and dining hall where decked out in Scotland’s colours of blue and white with decorations made by residents. There was also a display of tartans, with memorabilia from Tenterfield Pipe Band and Scottish souvenirs loaned by Rosemary Boyle, Max and Barbara Taylor, Audley and Helen Smith and Christine Wells.

Travis O’Brien with dad Robert (from Glen Innes Pipe band) added their expertise to Haddington's St Andrew's Day celebrations, much to the delight of Max Taylor and Audley Smith.

Travis O’Brien with dad Robert (from Glen Innes Pipe band) added their expertise to Haddington's St Andrew's Day celebrations, much to the delight of Max Taylor and Audley Smith.

Max and Audley were members of Tenterfield’s Pipe Band in the days when Tenterfield hosted the biggest Caledonian Festival in Australia.

Glen Innes Pipe Band musicians Robert O’Brian (on pipes) and Travis O’Brian (pipes plus highland dancing), along with Graham Foan from Tenterfield (drums) provided top entertainment, as the sounds of bagpipes resounded at Haddington.

The Haggis was marched in style, stabbed in a ‘traditional address’, and great fun was had by all. 

Tall and strong: A 1950 photo of the Tenterfield Pipe Band featuring (at back) Bob Henderson, Harry Flynn, Lester Waugh and Terry Chapman, and (at front) Audley Smith, Gordon Kay and Gordon Corney.

Tall and strong: A 1950 photo of the Tenterfield Pipe Band featuring (at back) Bob Henderson, Harry Flynn, Lester Waugh and Terry Chapman, and (at front) Audley Smith, Gordon Kay and Gordon Corney.

Tenterfield Pipe Band: (Back) Les Clarke, John Dearden, Bill Alvos, Rex Krahe and Doug Cairnes; (Middle) Andy Miller, Alec Petrie, Kevin Petrie, Ray terie and Bruce McDonald; (Front) Ron Kill, Terry Chapman, Audley Smith, Harry Flynn, Gordon Kay, Bob Henderson, Gordon Corney, Lester Waugh and Ray Flynn.

Tenterfield Pipe Band: (Back) Les Clarke, John Dearden, Bill Alvos, Rex Krahe and Doug Cairnes; (Middle) Andy Miller, Alec Petrie, Kevin Petrie, Ray terie and Bruce McDonald; (Front) Ron Kill, Terry Chapman, Audley Smith, Harry Flynn, Gordon Kay, Bob Henderson, Gordon Corney, Lester Waugh and Ray Flynn.