Jack pipes in an unusual carol service

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AN ARBROATH piper led a group of science students as they brought a new dimension to the traditional carol service.

Jack Newth, who is a member of the Arbroath Royal British Legion Scotland Pipe Band, took his musical skills to an unusual carol concert last week, which included a display of scientific experiments.

The 20-year-old student is currently studying for an HND biomedical science at Dundee College and, along with 10 of his classmates, combined his piping with his studies at a unique carol concert held at Balcarres Care Home in Broughty Ferry.

The students created colour changing drinks, transformed wine into water and milk into lemonade, demonstrated traffic light drinks, and even produced ever-expanding toothpaste.

Margaret Taylor, senior lecturer said: “The students demonstrated simple chemical experiments which are highly visual and always prove popular with audiences.

“They also performed a range of traditional carols, so they really were catering for all tastes.”

Along with his classmates, the former Arbroath Academy pupil is aiming to achieve a Saltire Award for volunteering.

Sponsored by the Scottish Government the Saltire Volunteer awards are aimed at anyone aged between 12 to 25 with a view to them gaining experience and learning new skills.