Bruce’s 62-year service recognised

Bruce ʻDarkyʼ Duncanʼs 62 years of service to the Maryborough and District Highland Pipe Band was celebrated at this yearʼs Highland Gathering, 78 years after he first attended the event.

Bruce ‘Darky’ Duncan was taken to his very first Highland Gathering when he was just three months old, an event which for him, remains “the greatest show on earth” some 78 years later.

With 62 years of service with the Maryborough and District Highland Pipe Band under his belt, Mr Duncan’s contribution to the band was recognised at the 158th Maryborough Highland Gathering.

Alongside two other veteran bandsmen, Mr Duncan was awarded with a certificate from Pipe Bands Australia, during a special ceremony, marking his 60-plus years of service.

Calling it quits in 2014, Mr Duncan said the band was always a family affair for him and his time there was “tremendous”.

“My old man joined in 1929 and the family had a continuous involvement until 2014. We had four generations involved with the pipe band, which is a first,” he said.

“I started to learn the side drum in 1953, I would’ve been 12 and a bit back then.

“I was drum major for 35 years at the Maryborough Pipe Band would you believe, it’s funny how that came about.

“They asked me to do it and go out the front for New Year’s Day and I said ‘I’m not doing it, I haven’t got a clue what to do’.

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