Video: Bagpipes passed to grandson to keep highland tradition alive in Hull
WHEN the sound of bagpipes echoed through his Scottish village in the Second World War, their haunting tone stirred his soul.
Fred Evans is 77 now, and arthritis coupled with poor hearing has made it hard for him to play the music that reminds him of home.
But when his 16-year-old grandson Scott heard the call of the pipes, Fred was able to pass his instrument on and keep a highland tradition alive in Hull.
Scott was born in East Yorkshire but his grandfather believes the bagpipes called to a hidden part of his heritage.
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"There's always someone who will hear the pipes somewhere and want to take them up," he said.
"The English wouldn't understand. What it's all about is deep inside you."
Although he was born near Perth, Fred moved to the East Riding in 1954 and now lives in Beverley.
He met his wife after being posted in Leconfield as an RAF mechanic.
Fred took up the bagpipes after reading a story in the Mail calling for people with an interest to come forward.
He went on to become a founder of the Hull Pipe Band.
"We were very popular for a few years," he said.
"Every weekend, we were out on parade.
"We got about three pipers from the Scottish regiments who helped to put a bit of strength into the band."
Scott, a student at Cottingham High, has been playing for about 15 months.