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I would walk 500 miles…

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To celebrate St Andrew’s Day, we invited a special guest to play his bagpipes on the roof of the new museum.

Stuart McMillan MSP is the Scottish Parliament’s official piper. On a cold wintry day he stood on the roof of V&A Dundee, looking out over the River Tay, for a rendition of I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) by The Proclaimers.

For the occasion, he wore the Scottish Parliamentary tartan and flew the Scottish Parliamentary pipe banner from his bagpipes.

Mr McMillan said: “V&A Dundee is very unique, I think it is going to become an iconic Scottish building. When I first saw the museum I thought it would be an ideal location to have a piper on the roof to play a couple of tunes. Thankfully, I’m not scared of heights.

“I have a link with Dundee as I studied at Abertay University. I am very fond of the city and I’m delighted to see the regeneration work that is taking place. Every time I am back I see something else that has changed.

“Piping on the roof of V&A Dundee was a wonderful way to mark St Andrew’s Day and make people aware of what is being created in the city.”

Mr McMillan has piped at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, the opening of the Queensferry Crossing, the launch of the Glen Sannox ferry at Ferguson Marine in Port Glasgow, international football tournaments and cup finals. He also organised the charity Pipeathon 2017 around all 42 Scottish senior football clubs earlier this year.

V&A Dundee will be an international centre for design, housed in a world-class building created by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma at the heart of Dundee’s revitalised waterfront.

It will host major exhibitions, celebrate design heritage, inspire and promote contemporary talent, and encourage future design innovation.

V&A Dundee will open in the second half of 2018. See you there!

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