Former Scottish rugby captain Gavin Hastings will lead thousands of pipers and drummers from 27 countries along Edinburgh’s Royal Mile on 7th August for Pipefest 2010, and raise funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care.
To date, pipers and drummers have helped to raise over £768,000 at Edinburgh Pipefest events for Marie Curie Cancer Care. Event organisers are hoping that this year’s Pipefest will raise £100,000 for the charity. Pipers from all over the world are signed up to take part in this year’s march including players from Mexico, Uruguay, South Africa and Japan.
The Edinburgh event marks the launch of the Pipefest Global Challenge which aims to unite the piping and drumming world in support of cancer and veteran charities worldwide. The Challenge is made up of a number of stages in key locations around the world, with different players performing at each stage – all over a 24 hour period. This year, the Pipefest Global Challenge will start on the 7th August in Edinburgh with the final stage taking place in Coffs Harbour, Australia on the 8th August.
The Pipefest massed pipe band parade will march through Edinburgh's historic Old Town, past Edinburgh Castle, the Scottish Parliament and Holyrood House, into Holyrood Park.
Commenting on this year’s Edinburgh Pipefest, Gavin Hastings said: “This is a wonderful opportunity to support Marie Curie Cancer Care and thousands of players as they march through Edinburgh”.
Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer of EventScotland, the national events agency, said: “EventScotland is delighted to be supporting Pipefest this year. The event not only celebrates an important part of Scotland’s cultural identity, but showcases Edinburgh as the perfect stage for events to a global audience. This piping challenge resonates around the world and strengthens Scotland’s position as a leading destination for exciting and dynamic festivals, and I am thrilled that Edinburgh is the first host city for this series of fantastic events.”
Magnus Orr, Pipefest organiser said: “Pipefest is a fantastic free event for all the family to enjoy, as thousands of players help others in need. On 7th August, Scotland will once again form the perfect stage, as pipers and drummers from 27 countries march down the Royal Mile into Holyrood Park”.