The Southland Times
July 13, 2001
City of Invercargill Caledonian Pipe Band singer Shannon
Cooper-Garland put out an SOS for a Jimmy's Pie for when
she arrived home, fellow pie-lover Christine Hainstock
swung into action.
"Musicans love pies. They are a tradition amongst
band people because of the hours we work," Mrs Hainstock
But she also made sure other band members were not left
out, with a pie on hand for each of the 35 band members
and support crew on their arrival into Invercargill, courtesy
of Jimmy's Pies and Supervalue.
The pies were well received and it could be the beginning
of a long
tradition, she said.
The pipe band flew back into Invercargill yesterday after
five weeks in
Canada performing in several shows, including the Nova
Scotia International Tattoo.
Pipe Major David Pickett said it was great to be home
after two hellish
days of travelling.
The band struck a lot of trouble getting home, starting
at Halifax where the bus company mistook their 6am pickup
time for 6pm and the plane had to be held up for half
an hour, he said.
They then had a 15-hour flight from Los Angeles to Sydney
after the plane was diverted from Melbourne because of
fog. "We were supposed to get home at 7.30 last night."
The tour had been a resounding success and the band had
been invited back to the Edinburgh military tattoo in
2003, Mr Pickett said. It would now work towards getting
a CD together after
countless requests from overseas fans, he said. "One
woman told me `I need your music in my life' and this
was synonymous with the reactions we got.
We've really established ourselves as an international