A Sorbie man now studying in Glasgow was the official piper for Prince Charles’ visit to Ayr this week.
Andrew Grimes, a former pupil of the Douglas Ewart High School, held the honour of piping HRH as he presented the freedom of South Ayrshire to the Yeomanry.
Andrew took up the bagpipes 18 months ago with Jeanette Montgomery in Sorbie. Quickly progressing, he joined Kircudbright and District Pipe Band and then as a student at the University of Strathclyde, he joined Glasgow and Strathclyde Officer Training Core Pipe Band.
At the reception at Ayr Town Hall, Prince Charles spoke to Andrew about how long he’d been playing the pipes and his studies at university.
Andrew will be attending trooping of the colour in June with the OTC Pipe Band and in July will attend the Basel Tatoo in Switzerland, as well as his ongoing commitments with Kircudbright Pipe Band.