The midnight chimes of Big Ben have just died away when the sound of the bagpipes echoes through the air. Into view strides a kilted bagpiper playing the tunes of Scotland. No heart can turn against this and when the notes of "Auld Land Syne" are heard, hands are clasped with those of your neighbour and those words, written by Robbie Burns are sung by all. To try and stop the emotion is akin to holding back the tide single handed.
Should auld acquaintance be forgot, And never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be forgot, And auld lang syne!
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Everyone likes to party now and again and the sound of the bagpipes can bring a party to life. Whether it is playing "Happy Birthday" or another tune, the pipes can be fun.
It is at parties that the piper can play those tunes normally frowned upon by the purists. Various football anthems have been heard as well as the tried and tested tunes that have been sung for ages. Even the Welsh join in the fun as "Calon Lan" and other well known tunes, especially sung at rugby and football matches are played.