THE HAUNTING sound of the bagpipes echoed around Arbroath Harbour on Saturday when the first public performance was given of the music that has been composed to mark the 200th anniversary of the Bell Rock Lighthouse and Arbroath’s Year of the Light celebrations.
‘Year of the Light’ was played by Pipe Major Stephen Russell of Arbroath Royal British Legion Scotland Pipe Band who had composed the tune.
However, before providing a very special preview of his composition, Pipe Major Russell presented a framed page of the sheet music for ‘Year of the Light’ to Lord Southesk, patron of the Year of the Light, Arbroath’s 12-month programme of special events to mark the bicentenary of the Bell Rock Lighthouse.
Lord Southesk commented: “As patron of the Year of the Light, I am honoured that Arbroath’s celebrations of the 200th anniversary of the Bell Rock Lighthouse has inspired such a wonderful piece of music.”
After the presentation, Pipe Major Russell boarded the Girl Katherine and played ‘Year of the Light’ as the boat sailed out of the harbour en-route to the Bell Rock Lighthouse.
Harry Simpson, chairman of the Year of the Light steering committee, which is supported by Angus Council’s local community planning team, said: “There will be a repeat performance of ‘Year of the Light’ at the Year of the Light ceilidh in November, when the pipes and drums of Arbroath Royal British Legion Scotland Pipe Band will play this piece of music.”
“’Year of the Light’ will provide a wonderful, highly-evocative reminder for many, many years of how everyone in Arbroath – and far, far beyond – joined in with the Year of the Light celebrations of the bicentenary of the Bell Rock Lighthouse.”
For more information about the Year of the Light, which is sponsored by JD Wetherspoon, or to download a Year of the Light events guide, visit www.angusahead.com/bellrocklighthouse.