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GALLERY - QE2
I was completely honoured to have been asked to pipe for the world's most famous ocean liner, the iconic 'Queen Elizabeth 2' (QE2), on 7th October 2008 at South Queensferry, Scotland!
I arranged a quartet to perform as the 'QE2' arrived in the Firth of Forth just under the Forth Rail Bridge (Glyn, Camay and I on pipes and Billy on snare drum!!), performing a selection of well-known Scottish tunes as passengers disembarked. We then played again as VIP's were welcomed on board for lunch and were also delighted to enjoy lunch on board the QE2.
Piping for the arrival of the QE2 to the Firth of Forth! Built by John Brown Shipyard of Clydebank and launched on September 20, 1967, by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the QE2 has been the flagship of the Cunard line for 40 years!!
The last piper to play on board the QE2 in Scottish waters!
Piping for all the passengers on the top deck of the QE2.
Glyn, Camay, Billy and I on board the 'Queen Elizabeth 2'
And here we are enjoying a cup of tea on board the QE2. We had a fantastic time. My fellow pipers and drummers then left at 4.30pm and I was delighted to have been asked to stay on board for the evening and perform as the QE2 set sail from Scottish waters for the very last time!
Enjoying a cuppa after lunch!
'The 3 pipers' Glyn, Camay and I, enjoying our gorgeous Scottish weather!!
The passengers were reminiscing about previous times on board the QE2.
The Forth Rail and Road Bridges!!
This was the closest I could get to doing my 'Kate Winslet' on the QE2!!!!!
PIping in front of the Jacuzzi!
Later in the evening, I performed in the 'Grand Lounge'. The pipes went down a storm!! The audience was fantastic and enjoyed singing along to 'Auld Lang Syne'. All passengers and crew made me extremely welcome!!
The hospitality I received was outstanding and I would like to thank everyone on board, crew and passengers, for allowing me to take back some wonderful memories of my time on board the QE2!!
Fine selection of champagne on board!!
Ringing the bell from RMS Aquitania whilst on my tour of the QE2!
RMS Aquitania was also a Cunard Line ocean liner that was built by John Brown and Company Shipyard near Clydebank, Scotland. She was launched in 1913 and held the record for the longest service career of any 20th century express liner until 2004, when the QUEEN ELIZABETH 2 (ultimate career service of 40 years) became the longest-serving liner!!
Well done QE2, I think you have earned your retirement.
Goodbye Scotland from all on board the World's most famous ocean liner, the QE2!
Piping for the arrival of Cundard's 'QUEEN VICTORIA' at South Queensferry, Scotland, on 30 July 2010.
Pictured here with Snare Drummer, Marcos Watt!