A boy has taken his love of bagpipes to Aberdeen streets in the hope of raising funds for the “trip of a lifetime”.
Josh Bruce, 10, from Peterhead, has been playing the instrument since he was six.
The young piper was one of the lucky few to receive a limited edition set of bagpipes that commemorate the fallen firefighters who perished in the 9/11 attacks in New York.
And now the youngster could travel to the US city with the special pipes to play in the Scottish festival Tartan Week.
The musical instruments were created by Glasgow shop Wallace Bagpipes, the Red Hot Chilli Pipers and Texas-based bagpipe shop Lone Star. Only 343 sets were made – reflecting the number of firefighters killed.
It was while on a trip to collect his new instrument that Josh’s mum Lynsey was told her son had the opportunity to play in the festival in April. She said: “We were speaking to the director Craig Munro when we went down to collect his new pipes. Josh was the invited to go out and play while marching with the New York City Fire Department in April.
“He was just so delighted and speechless. We thanked Craig for the opportunity – how often do you get to play in something like this?”
Josh has been taking to the streets of Aberdeen to busk so he can raise funds to head to the Big Apple with his family.
Lynsey added: “It would be an opportunity and trip of a lifetime if Josh got to go.
“We’re trying to do everything we can for him as his parents.
“It is going to cost thousands to get the four of us to go. We all want to be there to watch him play.
“We’re telling him to play for the love and the fun and trying not to make it about the money. I think he’s close to getting the funds he needs.”
The Dales Park School pupil usually plays his favourite songs Highland Cathedral, Avicii’s Wake Me Up, Flower of Scotland and Baby Shark for the younger children. The piper gets lessons from Chilli Piper Dougie McCance and says when he grows up he hopes to emulate his mentor and entertain people.
He added: “When I’m older I want to be a Red Hot Chilli Piper and travel the world playing my pipes and entertain everyone.”
He performs with Bucksburn District Pipe Band and plays at weddings and graduations.
His parents said they are “very proud of his achievements” and Lynsey added: “He’s loving his new set of pipes and this would be a great opportunity for him to learn the history behind them.”
Those interested in following Josh’s musical updates and to help his family fly to New York can visit bit.ly/2SrHkZR