A Noel Guthrie Acrylic on canvas

A Noel Guthrie Acrylic on canvas
The Cockabully Hunters --- from an original painting by Noel Guthrie

Friday, 6 April 2012

Back from the wilderness

Hello again.  Yes I know, I have been a bit slack for the last few months and not posted any blogs to my site.  I have just written on behalf of the Mackenzie Highland Pipe Band, the history of the band from its inception in 1912, up until this year 2012, so it has taken up a lot of my time.  Included in this publication is a profile of every member who played in the band between these dates.  That equates to around 220 known members.  
Three hundred and thirty pages long and 270mm x 190mm in size, and more than 200 photographs, this is not your usual documentation of historic events. Throughout this publication, the text is sprinkled with a verve that is laced with copious amounts of humour, reminiscent of those country bands of old.
In writing this, I have felt quite privileged to be part of a great team, who worked for many months to put this publication together.
For those readers of my blog outside of  the area and New Zealand, they may not even be aware of the existence of the Mackenzie Highland Pipe Band.  In actual fact, the Band is stationed in Fairlie, which is the gateway to the Mackenzie. 
Let me give you a geography lesson on the location of Fairlie, a sleepy little hollow on the edge of a vast but picturesque region, The Mackenzie Country, World renown for its lakes and its snow-covered mountains.
This book, A Century in the Making, is being launched at the Mackenzie A&P Show on Easter Monday, 9th of April 2012.  While copies may not be available though the retailer, they will however, be available to the general public by contacting the Band Secretary, Graham Parcell.  ggparcell@xtra.co.nz
To those past members who seek one of these books, I am sure you will get a kick out of a jolly good read.
My heart felt thanks to those members who spent a lot of time gathering information over several months, when you see them again, give them a pat on the back.
They are Heather Fifield, John Campbell, Eric Jones, Graham Parcell, and the grandfather, Colin McKinnon.

Kind regards

Noel Guthrie.

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