The City of Nelson Highland Pipe Band is a step closer to replacing their old, faded kilts. NZCT recently awarded the band $7,000 to buy new kilts for the band members.
The Highland Pipe Band has been a part of the Nelson area since 1924. Over 30 members play a range of traditional pipe and drum music at a local and national level. Lucy Jackson is Secretary of the City of Nelson Highland Pipe Band, as well as a piper. She says that the current kilts really need to be replaced. “We have worn the current kilts for a very long time and they are looking old and faded. That’s a shame, because a traditional cultural pipe band like ours is also judged by the public on our looks.”
According to Lucy Jackson, it’s not only important for the public that the band wears good-looking kilts. “I am a bagpiper in the City of Nelson Highland Pipe Band and I’m proud that we are celebrating our Scottish heritage. Wearing a new kilt allows me to feel pride in representing a culture and what we do. The grant from NZCT helps us a lot to make our wish come true and we will organise other fundraising activities to collect the last part of the purchase amount. Our goal is to buy the new kilts before the start of the summer season, so we can wear them during the Nelson Mask Parade.”