‘Temporary’ Band Secretary Retires... after 26 years in Office

02/10/2015

Goodbye Jack

ScottishPower Pipe Band stalwart Jack Henderson has retired from his post as Band Secretary at this year's recent AGM.

Jack took up the position on a 'temporary' basis way back in 1989 having been asked by the Pipe Major at the time, Harry McNulty, if he would fill the vacant post for a short period whilst they found a permanent replacement.

Jack, 83, started his piping career at the age of 12 under the instruction of his brother-in-law, John McGillivray.

In 1947 at the age of 15 he joined his first band, The Renfrew Pipe Band under Pipe Major Craigie Calder. Jack played for a few years with the Renfrew and had a spell with the Red Hackle Pipe Band before returning again to Renfrew where he continued playing up until 1963 when he took a hiatus from pipebands on the birth of his daughter.

In 1981, he was reacquainted with his old piping friend from his Renfrew days, Jimmy Liddel, who asked him if he would like to join the British Caledonian Airways Pipe Band. Jack initially wasn’t keen but after a trip with the band to Cowal, his mind was made up.

It was when the band was known as The Power of Scotland, under Pipe Major Harry McNulty, that Jack was asked to become secretary and he continued to play and compete all over the world with the band until his late seventies.

After the formalities of the evening's AGM the band enjoyed a meal out where presentations were made to Jack and his lovely wife, Cathy.

Pipe Major Chris Armstrong stated that he would like to personally thank Jack for his many years commitment to the band, as a player and then as secretary. This was not only for all the hard work shown during his tenure but under all previous Pipe Majors. Having a keen, competent and enthusiastic secretary like Jack took away a great deal of pressure from the administrative side of the band, which was a fantastic help.

Everyone involved with the band would like to take this opportunity to thank Jack once again for all his many years of dedication and hard work that he did behind the scenes to ensure the smooth running of the band. Thank you!

Drum Major Billy Jordan has now taken up the post... on a temporary basis.