In some ways it’s staggering to think that 1987 is almost 30 years ago. All of which means the ‘historical’ section of our picture archive is ever expanding.
This picture, of West Yorkshire Fire Service Pipe Band member Joe McIntosh, from Wyke, Bradford, dates from March 19, 1987.
The caption reads: “A 59-year-old Bradford tailor who is known as the phantom piper of Sunbridge Road, has been honoured by an invitation to play the bagpipes at the Highland wedding of the daughter of a Scottish clan chieftain.
“When Louisa, the daughter of the chief of the Mackintosh Clan goes to St Andrew’s Cathedral, Inverness, on April 11, to marry Mr Stuart Cross, she will enter to the sound of bagpipes being played by Joe McInstoh, of Beverely Drive, Wyke, Bradford.
“He has been personally invited by the Mackintosh of Mackintosh, as the chief is known, and he is delighted
“Mr McIntosh started playing the pipes 20 years ago and earned his nickname because he practises in his tailor’s workroom at lunchtime to the delight of passers-by.
“‘I’m over the moon,’ he said. ‘Fancy the Mackintosh coming all the way from the North of Scotland to find a piper in Bradford.’
He first met the Mackintosh, who is also the Lord Lieutenant of Inverness, when he visited his clan museum at Moy Hall, Inverness, to make a film on the Mackintosh Clan in 1966.
“He said: ‘I have been attending clan gatherings and meetings ever since and I regard this invitation as a great honour. I was born in Bradford, but my father was a Scotsman and I am keenly interested in my Scottish heritage.”
Mr McIntosh was formerly a member of the City of Bradford Pipe Band but currently plays with the West Yorkshire Fire Service Pipe Band, for whom his 23-year-old son Craig is pipe major.”
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