Milngavie Pipe Band mourn death of talented young piper

Craig H head
Craig H head

MILNGAVIE Pipe Band members were mourning the shock death of a young piper this week.

Teenager Craig Hepburn died following an incident in Leeds town centre two weeks ago - two men have been remanded in custody in connection with his death.

As a poignant tribute to Craig, band members will wear black ties for the remainder of the season.

Craig (19), joined the Milngavie band just over a year ago.

Secretary Alastair Graham said: “Craig was genuinely a nice young man and took part in everything we did.

“He was a quiet guy, but would readily join in conversations. For his age, he was one of our best players.”

There are plans to have a trophy dedicated to the young piper’s memory presented at the Bearsden and Milngavie Highland Games next year and the Paisley Band Competition, where he piped as a junior.

Mr Graham, who has been secretary for eight years, said there was a feeling of loss and numbness in the band.

He added: “We are saddened that Craig’s short life was so brutally ended, but we hope and pray that those responsible for this crime are brought to justice as quickly as possible for the sake of the family and friends.

“Craig was a very conscientious lad.

“There is a slightly surreal feel in the band at the moment. We all expect him to walk in, but in reality that’s not going to happen.”

Craig, from Linwood, moved to play in Milngavie Pipe Bank when he was 18, as Paisley Pipe Band only had a junior section.

He fitted in well, both in his playing and in temperament, and he very rarely missed a competition, which are held most Saturday’s from May to September.

He was particularly looking forward to competing in the European Pipe Band Championships in Northern Ireland on July 26, and going to Verona in Italy this September for its annual music festival.