Danny organises Military Tattoo

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A WELL-KNOWN Arbroath piper who has undertaken the solo piper role at the Edinburgh Tattoo is heavily involved in organising a Military Tattoo in his adopted home of Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire.

Danny Fleming was born in 1963 to Charles and Phylis Fleming and attended Inverbrothock Primary School and Arbroath High School.

He started playing the pipes with the Inverbrothock Pipe Band at the tender age of 10. The band later became the Arbroath Royal British Legion Scotland Pipe Band.

As soon as he was old enough, at 16, Danny joined the Scots Guards and after training was posted to the 2nd Battalion in 1980. The Battalion 30 years ago served in the Falklands conflict where Danny was a member of Recce Platoon.

He later became Pipe Major of the Regiment between 1998 and 2000 and retired in 2003.

After a brief spell as a loss prevention manager with BHS in Grimsby, Danny joined Humberside Police as a Police Community Support Officer then three years ago became a Police Officer. During the period as a PCSO he joined the Humberside Police Band as Drum and Pipe Major.

Danny commented: “Earlier this year I was asked by the organisers of the Armed Forces Day in the area to assist with the production of the first north east Lincolnshire Tattoo.

“Having participated in numerous military state and royal events while serving in The Scots Guards, I have used my experience to pull together some exciting acts for this inaugural Tattoo. They include the White Helmets Motorcycle Demonstration Team the Band of the Gurkhas and the Military Wives’ Choir to name but three.” The event takes place at Meridian Park, Cleethorpes, on Sunday, June 24, from 8 to 10 p.m., with a 30 minutes fireworks display to follow. A full house of 5,000 spectators is anticipated. Danny went on: “As soon as the Tattoo is over I am reverting to a Police Protest Liaison Officer role for the Olympic torch as it comes into the Humber and Yorkshire area.” Danny’s father died in 1980 and his mother, Phylis, and brothers, Charlie and Scott, still live in the area.

Danny says he still follows the fortunes of the Red Lichties every week.