THEY may have been performing thousands of miles away from home – but the City of Sheffield Pipe Band said they were “welcomed as part of the family” when they travelled to China to play in their sister city of Chengdu.
Some 35 band members made the trip east, where they performed for four days during the city’s Jenli Street Festival – held as part of celebrations to mark the Chinese New Year and welcome in the Year of the Rabbit.
They played traditional Scottish melodies and were accompanied by Scottish dancers.
Up to 50,000 festival-goers watched the show and the band’s performances were broadcast across China on state television.
Theresa Brown, City of Sheffield Pipe Band major, said: “We were very honoured to be invited to perform.
“Although Scottish pipe music may not be common in this part of the world, the reception we have received has been fantastic and we have been welcomed as if we are part of the family.”