Voßwinkel wind band and the “Royal Burgh of Linlithgow Reed Band”

by Ulrich Wilmes

The image shows the Linlithgow Reed Band and the Voßwinkel wind band musicians making music  together during the Schützenfest in Bachum in July 2011.

The image shows the Linlithgow Reed Band and the Voßwinkel wind band musicians making music together during the Schützenfest in Bachum in July 2011.

The contacts came to exist thanks to our musical comrade and Vice Head Günter Nies, that unfortunately died much too early. He had visited the Scottish partner district several times with school classes before. During our visits in West Lothian we could convince ourselves that all stories and jokes about the “Scottish greed” are not true. Rather the opposite: the friendliness, helpfulness and hospitality of the Scots were impressive. In 1989, 1992 and 1997, our Voßwinkel wind band visited Linlithgow. In no time, connections to the local Reed Band have been made. We had common rehearsals and events in Scotland as well as in Hochsauerlandkreis during the Reed Band visits in Germany. It is mainly the two Reed Band members Edgar Liddle and Murdoch Kennedy that are to thank for that the contacts are still kept up until this day.