Pipe band tune up to raise cash for Aberdeen RNLI

Ballater and District Pipe Band at Balmoral.
Ballater and District Pipe Band at Balmoral.

Musicians of all ages turned from young to old have turned out in yellow wellies to show their support for a lifeboat fundraising campaign.

Members of Ballater and District Pipe Band marched in front of Balmoral Castle, where they often perform for the public.

But this time they wore the RNLI’s iconic yellow wellies which keep the charity’s volunteers safe and steady on stormy seas.

Band members ranging in age from 83-year-old Alistair Skene to newcomer nine-year-old Sophie Cooper were delighted to show their support the charity’s annual Mayday fundraising campaign.

The RNLI’s Aberdeen inshore lifeboat played a major role in helping the Ballater community after flooding in a storm in December 2015.

The Mayday campaign runs throughout May and aims to raise £750,000 for the charity’s brave volunteer crews.

A crew member’s yellow wellies cost £54 a pair, a lifejacket costs £458 and a safety helmet costs £263.