Media Release: Black Watch enlist ‘peace piper’ for Passchendaele commemoration

AWARD-winning Carnoustie Piper, Craig Weir, will be the ‘Lone Piper’ representing Scotland’s Black Watch Regiment at a moving ceremony this weekend launching the European programme of events to commemorate the centenary of WW1 at Passchendaele in Belgium.

Craig (20) will wear a specially commissioned kilt outfit (See Photo) in his first role as an ambassador for the World Peace Tartan. The unique outfit was designed and made at the world-famous Tartan Weaving Mill on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile and donated by mill owners, Edinburgh’s Gold Brothers.

Craig will be accompanied in Passchendaele by members of the Black Watch, led by Major Ronnie Proctor, Provost Helen Oswald of Angus and the Lord Provost of Dundee, Bob Duncan.

Craig says: “It’s a great honour for me personally and I am sure it will be a moving experience. Being asked to be ‘Lone Piper’ is a big responsibility and I am a bit nervous. I’ve gained a lot of experience of playing in special circumstances over recent years and I will give it my best.”

He added: “In my new role as an Ambassador for the World Peace Tartan, I look forward to spreading the story of the Tartan and indeed that of nonviolence and the importance of building a culture of peace. It is especially poignant and fitting that I will be wearing the Peace Tartan for the first time at Passchendaele, which was the scene of such bloody carnage in the First World War.”

Since taking up the pipes in 2002, Craig has become Scotland’s best-known young piper, playing before HM, the Queen; the Dalai Lama and recorded the official version of ‘Flower of Scotland’ with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, to be played on the podium at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

With his band, ‘Gleadhraich,’ he has performed at the MOBO Awards; on stage with with ‘Babyshambles’ also at the Tartan Clef Awards and piped the Olympic Torch into Dundee, as well as performing all over the world, from Germany to China.

He was recently the recipient of a ‘Young Scot’ Award for The Arts and the Angus Cultural Ambassador Award.

Victor Spence, Peace Tartan Initiative founder, said: “Craig Weir is an outstanding young man and role model for his peers. He has been naturally drawn to the World Peace Tartan and its message since he became aware of it. It is fitting at such an important event that he wear the Peace Tartan.

“Taking into account the horrors of war, such violence and the loss of so many young lives, for Craig to carry a message of peace in a tartan into the heart of the commemoration event will hopefully be recognised as being both appropriate and respectful.”

Dildar Singh Gold, of the Tartan Weaving Mill, said: “In his role as the ‘Lone Piper’ and in the Peace Tartan, Craig will make his contribution all the more poignant. We are extremely happy to be supporting Craig carry this message of peace to this event, the significant launch event of the European programme to commemorate the centenary of WW1.”

Contacts and images:


Craig Weir/ Major Ronnie Proctor – 07719 327298

Victor Spence – 07411 679736

Photographs – Dylan Drummond – 07877951993.

WORLD PEACE TARTAN: The World Peace Tartan was formally launched in June, 2012, with his Holiness the Dalai Lama being the first recipient during his historic visit to Scotland. Since then there have been many further presentations and messages of support from around the world. Other recipients include Archbishop Desmond Tutu and a further six Nobel Peace Prize Winners, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Grand Mufti of Bosnia, Justine Greening MP and Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, who wore the first Peace Tartan Kilt at New York’s ‘Tartan Week’ fashion show in 2013.

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