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Piper to perform poignant Battle’s O’er on the Lickey Hills on Remembrance Sunday

Harry Leach 9th Nov, 2018 Updated: 9th Nov, 2018

A LONE piper will be playing Battle’s O’er on his bagpipes at 6am on Remembrance Sunday to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.

Bromsgrove resident Paddy McGowan, a member of the Northfield Caledonia Pipes and Drums, will be playing at the Lickey Hills near the stature of Icarus.

On Sunday at 6am more than 2,000 pipers up and down the country will also be playing in their local towns, including Bromsgrove, as part of the ‘Battles Over, a Nation’s Tribute’, organised by Bruno Peek.

Paddy said: “After I’ve finished playing I will read out a tribute to pay my respects.

“I just hope it doesn’t rain for the sake of the instrument, which can be easily broken in damp weather.”

The Lickey Hills has well-established connections with the First World War.

The Hidden Heritage of the Lickey Hills project, funded through the Heritage Lottery Fund’s First World War centenary programme, was launched last year.

There are now several information points near the Visitor Centre, giving details of how guns and carriages were built in the Austin factory in Longbridge.

Today’s Bromsgrove Standard is packed full of Remembrance and Armisitice Centenary stories and features. Read the e.edition here – https://bromsgrovestandard.co.uk/editions/view/?/Bromsgrove/2018/11/09&048

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