In among the melee of the festivities, we continued fitting bags for Lomond and Clyde PB to set them up nicely for their forthcoming assault on Grade 1. We kicked off at the end of November and completed the whole band by the end of January. This could have been quite a logistical challenge but thanks go to Lomond and Clyde's Chris Norton, who ensured that the delivery of the stocks and subsequent collection of the finished articles were executed with military precision. Each set of stocks had the piper's name attached and that made my job so much easier to ensure the correct size of bag was fitted for each player - thanks Chris. We wish Lomond and Clyde all the best for the forthcoming season along with our other up and coming customers in Glasgow Skye and City of London.
Over the years, I have been supplying many sets of pipes to the stage show Mamma Mia! which I believe started in 1999 at the Shaftesbury Theatre in London's west end. On the occasion of the show recently coming to Glasgow, they kindly provided two VIP tickets to include a tour of back stage/meet the cast. On the night in question, I went onstage to set up the pipes for that performance and I ended up doing the tuning right where the spotlight hit the stage. As I basked in the glory of being a star, I did laugh slightly and wondered whether I was just a showbiz natural or simply a show-off. You need to see the show in case you are wondering what bagpipes and doing there and I hope Mamma Mia 2 also includes them.