Before the Duries marched out on ‘our’ Night at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, 25th August, he was spirited away by Pipe Major David Moir - while the rest of us were being briefed in the Great Hall by the Castle RSM on how to form up - and presented with a handsome certificate.
The Crossed Swords were formed in 2007 in Germany by Maj. Gen. Mungo Melvin, CB OBE (Rtd) and Pipe Sergeant D C Moir, RE VR, as a British led international pipe band drawn from across twelve countries. This year the band is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a third appearance in the Tattoo, ‘A Splash of Tartan’, as part of the thrilling Massed Pipes and Drums. The origin of the band’s name is found in the shield of Field Marshall Montgomery’s 21st Army Group, which has represented British Forces in Germany since 1944.
Before the Durie retinue marched down to the esplanade David Moir also arranged that Stephanie Durie, a tenor drummer with the The Pipeband Club of Australia which competed earlier in the month in the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow, had the exceptional opportunity to play with the band!