VETERAN Neilston piper Iain MacDonald stole the show when the Olympic torch came to East Renfrewshire in 2012.

The Olympic Torch Relay never reached Barrhead or Neilston, parading instead through the nearby suburb of Giffnock.

On hand to mark the occasion was 62-year-old Pipe Major MacDonald, of Neilston Pipe Band.

He played a dazzling medley of famous tunes, cheered on by his proud family.

The Olympic torch was on a UK-wide tour ahead of the 2012 Games in London.

And there was a huge crowd, reckoned to be around 15,000 strong, for the East Renfrewshire leg of the journey.

The torch arrived at the Merrylee shops to be welcomed by East Renfrewshire Provost Alastair Carmichael.

At the time, he said: “What a fabulous turnout – you could really feel a sense of history in the making, with everyone wanting to cheer it on.”

Six torchbearers carried the iconic emblem from Merrylee to Eastwood Toll, while local children were entertained by face painting and street performers.

Pipe Major MacDonald said: “Neilston Pipe Band are well-known locally and it was a great honour to be involved in this event. 

“In fact, the whole thing will long be remembered by everyone who was there.”

Pipe Major MacDonald had set the pace for the East Renfrewshire section of the torch tour by performing piping classics such as the stirring Hielan’ Laddie.

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