A fund has been set up to help fund quality piobaireachd tuition in North America to a deserving youngster each year. The fund has been set up by the family of Jimmy McIntosh who died on February 8 at his home in South Carolina, USA.
Donations to the fund should be sent in the first instance to: Charlotte Stephenson, c/o James H. McIntosh, MBE Cultural Fund, 110 Crescent Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15228, USA. More details will be available in due course.
On the subject of Jimmy, Yahya Hussein of New York City sent us this photograph that was taken at the Balmoral School in 1986. Jimmy can be seen standing at the left of the front row standing next to George Balderose (sporting a bow tie and Prince Charlie jacket), the Director of the school. Jimmy lived in the US from 1982 onwards.
Jimmy’s wife, Joyce, can be seen in the centre of the front row. Yahya attended this school and he is standing in the centre of the second row behind Joyce. Nancy Tunnicliffe (née Crutcher) is standing next to Jimmy. Donald Lindsay can be seen standing at the far right of the back row.
• If any readers were at this school and recognise themselves in the photo, please contact us if you’d like to share a memory or two.
The fourth annual ‘Kids with Cancer Charity Concert’ takes place online tonight from 19:00 GMT. Funds raised will go to the Children’s Cancer Unit Charity at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Participating via either live video or pre-recorded performances are: Stuart Liddell, Robert Watt, Lincolm Hilton, Ryan Cupples-Menendez, Ashley McMichael and Andrew Carlisle.
Around eight pipe bands are also taking part, including Closkelt, Western Australia Police and Ravara.
Last year’s event – a sell out – took place prior to the serious restrictions that have impacted us all as a result of the pandemic. It took place in the Royal Hotel in Cookstown, Co. Tyrone.