Piping in a Karoo dawn

Residents in a quiet residential area of the sleepy Karoo town of Aberdeen were intrigued to wake up last Sunday morning to the haunting lament of the bagpipes- not part of the normal dawn chorus of screeching cockerels and braying donkeys!

Russell Mitchell from Port Elizabeth was in town as part of Annelie Botes’ production at the local Dutch Reformed Church, and was warming up the pipes, much to the delight of the locals who rushed out in their pyjamas. One resident was particularly thrilled, as his father had been a piper, and at his request, Russell played Flower of Scotland in his full uniform outside the guest house before heading off to the church.

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