RAF Pipes and Drums back in Gibraltar after 23 years

The Royal Air Force Pipes and Drums band has arrived in Gibraltar for the first time in 23 years. During their stay, the Pipes and Drums Band will be playing at the Queen's Birthday Parade in Casemates Square on Thursday and at a Charity Concert, on Wednesday, at the Garrison Library, opposite the Elliot Hotel.

The Pipes & Drums of the Royal Air Force are drawn from the four voluntary bands based at RAF Halton, RAF Kinloss, RAF Leuchars and RAF Waddington. The Band comprises RAF Officers, SNCO, Airmen and Civilian members and is dressed in the ?Royal Air Force tartan? which was endorsed by the Air Force Board in 2004.

Today?s voluntary RAF Pipe Bands are formed on a geographical basis from clutches of RAF Stations throughout the United Kingdom. Their aim is to foster a practical interest in piping and drumming within the RAF and local community, whilst improving the welfare and morale of both Service and civilian members by providing a cultural and recreational activity.

RAF Piping & Drumming exposure both at home in the UK and abroad in providing musical support for RAF ceremonial, social and charitable events and continues to gain an increasingly high profile.

As well as contributing to the massed pipes and drums at the Edinburgh Tattoo on a regular basis, RAF pipers and drummers have appeared at venues around the World from countries as far afield as the Falkland Islands, Belgium, Moscow, Africa, Estonia, Australia and Gibraltar, way back in 1984.

At their charity concert on Wednesday, the band will be playing a large variety of tunes, both traditional and modern. Tickets are available to buy, for both civilian and military personnel alike, wishing to come along to this special event. Tickets prices are ?10 each, which includes drinks and refreshments at the event.

Tickets are available from Sacarello's in Irish Town, The GAF Office at Rooke, or RAF Gibraltar HQ. All profits will go towards the Royal Air Force Association Charity. Dress for the event concert is Smart Casual (no jeans), and doors open at 7.30pm, for an 8pm start. Numbers are limited, so please buy your tickets early to avoid disappointment.