THE founding member of Neilston Pipe Band was invited to a special awards ceremony to meet the Prime Minister this week back in 2008.
Pipe Major Iain McDonald was requested to pipe in PM Gordon Brown at the CBI business ceremony held at the Glasgow Hilton Hotel 10 years ago.
And delighted Iain was even presented with a bottle of House of Commons whisky by the Prime Minister.
Speaking to the Barrhead News he said: “It was a real privilege to be invited to meet the Prime Minister.
“I got to chat to him and he said that he was impressed with my piping skills so it was nice to get a compliment from him.
“He was very chatty and down to earth and it was a real privilege to be asked to attend the business event and I even ended up on the BBC news alongside the Prime Minister.”
The Neilston Pipe Band celebrated their 30th anniversary the previous month and travelled to Prague to take part in the instrumental bagpipe festival.
Iain added: “I have been involved with the band for 36 years and we have really gone from strength-to-strength.
“During our five-day trip we took 30 pipers and gunners and three highland dancers to perform in three parades and four stage performances.
“It was a great way to celebrate our 30th anniversary and we have more trips planned for next year.
“We aim to teach and promote Scottish traditional music both at home and abroad.
“And we have represented Scotland at the Husten Bosch festival near Nagaskai and have performed as guests of the Rinkai Fukotoshin Prejecture at their International festival.”