Balbirnie House Hotel piper retires after 28 years’ service

Award-winning Balbirnie House Hotel bids farewell to piper Ian Sword

Balbirnie House Hotel’s piper of more than 28 years has retired.
The hotel, which is celebrating 28 years as Scotland’s premier wedding destination, has bid farewell to Ian Sword, who has performed at more than 1200 weddings since 1989.
Piper Ian Sword
In his time, Sword had become something of a Balbirnie icon – having piped at countless celebrations, including Hogmanay, throughout the years.
But all good things must come to an end and Sword’s final performance at the hotel on Friday, 13 October was a special one. The industry stalwart piped in the new artistic installation of Archie Forrest original artworks now hung in the newly-renovated Drawing Room which centres around the main piece, ‘Wildflowers, Balbirnie.’
As the first person ever to be photographed in front of the artworks, Sword said: “‘I feel extremely privileged to be invited to play at the opening ceremony commemorating the new wall of artwork, in celebration of the tremendous success story of Balbirnie House Hotel, during the period 1989 – 2014. To be the first individual to be photographed beside the wall was a momentous occasion for me.”
Balbirnie House Hotel has thanked Sword for his 28 years of service to its guests and wished him a warm and happy retirement.
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