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Shinty players and pipers were heroes of Great War

A TRIBUTE to the pipers and shinty players who lost their lives in the First World War will be hosted at Stirling Castle this month, with a special dedication to Ballachulish composer, Pipe Major Willie Lawrie.

On October 29, The Somme and Shinty’s Heroes will use music, storytelling and song to relate the little-known story of the impact shinty players had on the war – with a particular focus on the story of Pipe Major Lawrie.

The origins of shinty date back nearly 2,000 years. It has long held an important role in Scottish, particularly Highland, communities, and was played by Highland regiments during both world wars.

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