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MY PIPE DREAM; 50 YEARS ON PIPER RETURNS TO EDINBURGH Musician recreates treasured snap at castle.

Byline: | Edel Kenealy

When Dave Glover first visited the Royal Miliary Tattoo, he was a wide-eyed toddler enthralled by a dashing Queen's Guard at Edinburgh Castle.

Now, 50 years later, the Canadian piper has recreated the treasured family snap minutes before he performed with the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) at the world famous event.

Dave was just three years old when he visited the Tattoo with his parents in 1966.

His dad sent him the image before he returned to Scotland last week and told him to do the same again.

And yesterday he was delighted to make his wish come true. Dave, 52, said: "My dad sent me that photograph two weeks prior to us coming to Edinburgh.

"He said I should try to recreate the photo. When we got to the castle on Friday night we saw a guardsman and he was more than happy to do it.

"I stood exactly where we were 50 years ago. Who would have thought when that picture was taken I would be back here now performing with VPD Pipe Band in the Military Tattoo.

"My dad will be so proud to see that picture. He's 79 years old and still lives with my mother in Trail, British Columbia. He's going to be so thrilled."

Dave, whose grandfather was born in Paisley, came to Scotland in the summer of 1966.

The VPD Pipe Band is performing at the Tattoo for the third time, having first been invited to the Edinburgh spectacular in 1980 and again in 1999.

This year's event pays a special tribute to the Queen's 90th birthday.

Dave added: "I performed in 1999 but I didn't know about that picture then or much about my visit here.

"It's very special for me.

"My grandfather played the drums and my father's a piper."

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high note Piper Dave on Castle esplanade

then and now Young Dave was captivated by the guardsman in 1966, left, and above, he recreates the picture before performing at the Tattoo

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Date:Aug 7, 2016
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