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Pupil to play bagpipes from top of Guildford Cathedral

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Pupil to play bagpipes from top of Guildford Cathedral

Published at 6:03am 11th November 2018. (Updated at 9:18am 11th November 2018)

A student from Gordon's School has started Remembrance commemorations across our area by playing the bagpipes atop Guildford Cathedral.

Today marks 100 years since Armistice Day and the end of the First World War, with 17-year-old Edward Lee being one of thousands of pipers standing alone across the country to play ‘Battle’s O’er’ - a traditional Scottish air played after battle.

A number of events are taking place across Surrey and Hampshire to remember those who have died in conflict around the world.

For Edward today has personal resonance, with his great-great-grandfather and three brothers among those killed at the Somme.

He said:

"It's not just some people go off and they fought and they didn't come back, it's definitely a very important and meaningful experience - even if we weren't personally involved.

"It's a great honor [to be playing] especially after 100 years on the day.

"I think it's very important that young people do understand how important this is and with all of these events and things going on, it's not just about turning up and having the minutes silence and then going home.

"It's about remembering all the sacrifices that we made back then so we can now have the lives that we have now, I think it's very important."

Edward Lee
Edward has been piping for the past six years.

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