Lichtie flies tartan flag for Arbroath

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Guinness World Record Holder and former Lichtie brought a Scottish twist to the opening of newly refurbished Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway in Lincolnshire. on Saturday.

The opening of a refurbished light railway in Cleethorpes was treated to a glimpse of piper Danny Fleming’s in the Lichtie Tartan, designed by Arbroath’s own Tartan Artisan, Steve Sim.

Danny said: “I started playing the bagpipes in the Arbroath Royal British Legion band at the age of 10. At 13 I realised I wanted to join the army and left at 16 to join up.”

Signing up to the Scots Guards Danny has piped across the world. He retired in 2003 as a Pipe Major and joined Humberside Police Force as a police constable.

He now lives in Cleethorpes with his wife Jane and son Logan.

“Growing up in Arbroath I spent many an enjoyable day on the seafront riding aboard Kerr’s railway,” Mr Fleming said. “I also started collecting bagpipes, which led to me being in the Guinness Book of World Records.

“Jane and I went on Bargain Hunt last year and when asked if we collect anything. I said yes! And it went from there.”

Danny’s still has many links to his home town, in particular Flemings Butcher, where his late father, Charlie Fleming ran the shop at Ponderlaw.

John Kerr, owner of Kerr’s Miniature Railway is delighted with the progress of Cleethorpes Railway, who he runs with business partner, Peter Bryant and was tickled by another Arbroath connection in the English seaside town.

“While chatting we also discovered that I sing with Ian Fleming, Danny’s cousin at Arbroath Choral Society, which was very interesting,” John said.

“It was a great day with 50 invited guests which marked the refurbishment of the cafe.”

“The invited guests including Mayor Alex Baxter, another a Scot in Cleethorpes! He’s from Glasgow.

Mr Kerr also hinted at the potential for some exciting new developments at the West Links in Arbroath but remained tight lipped on details.