A BAGPIPER played at Blackburn Market as part of its Burns Night celebrations.

Tony Bolton, who has played the instrument for over 60 years, took to the stage at the Church Street shopping centre on Saturday.

Now a member of the Royal Burgh of Annan Pipe Band, Tony said he travels to Scotland from his home in Fernhurst, Blackburn, two to three times a week to rehearse.

He said: “I was nine when I first started playing the bagpipes.

“I was taught by an uncle of mine, Bernie Taylor who served in the Irish Guards.

“He set up the Glen Side Pipe band which was based at the West End Youth Club till he retired.

“I then joined the Lochenside band in Nelson where many of the players were retired Scottish and Irish Guardsmen.

“I successfully auditioned for the top band in England, the Mount Carmel Band, which was run by Walter McMinn and played with them for 10 to 12 years.”

There was also a display of Scottish Dancing and free Scottish-themed crafts running for children.