Lathallan piper tunes up at the Menin Gate

Lathallan pupil Alexander Sanger is the Pipe Band Major
Lathallan pupil Alexander Sanger is the Pipe Band Major
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Piper Alexander Sanger travelled to Belgium this week to play at the Last Post ceremony held at the Menin Gate for Remembrance Day.

The 16-year-old Lathallan pupil, who is pipe-major of the school band, was at Ypres where the Duke of Edinburgh, Senior Colonel, Household Division and Colonel, Grenadier Guards, with HRH Prince Laurent of Belgium, attended the ceremony to mark gathering of soil from Flanders Fields for a memorial garden at the Guards Museum in London.

Alexander was accompanied by John Nevans, Lathallan School pipe band instructor, and also the school headmaster, Richard Toley.

Mr Toley said:“We hope this trip will be the start of a long term twinning project between Lathallan and Basisschool d’Oefenschool in Blackenberge around the themes of history, peace-education and remembrance.

“As the only Scottish School involved, we will also receive an invitation to attend the welcoming of the ‘Sacred Soil’ in London on November 30 and the opening of the Flanders Fields Memorial Garden in November 2014 as part of the 100 years’ commemoration of World War One.”

The high level Military parade will take place with the Band of the Coldstream Guards, representatives of the seven Guards Regiments and a gun crew of the RHA The King’s Troop.

Alexander has played the pipes at Lathallan for seven years and is a regular piper in the North-east solo scene.

He has also played for the local Novice Juvenile/ Juvenile Pipe Band at Bucksburn in Aberdeen.

Some 28 pipe band members joined The Scottish Weekend at Alden Biesen in Bilzen in September.

It is the international event for Scotland-enthusiasts and Celtic culture lovers and their attendance prompted this new association between the two schools.

The Lathallan School Pipe Band has a long history, having been invited to take part in the opening of the Scottish Parliament in 2004.