A former Bo’ness man who has enjoyed world and European success in piping has written a tune to mark the arrival of the latest Royal baby, Prince George - and he has received a letter from the Queen to say thanks.
Ronnie Bromhead, originally from Pennelton Place but now living in Germany, was a career soldier who joined the 1st Battalion Scots Guards in 1982.
His background in piping came from the Kinneil Colliery Pipe Band in the mid-to-late 70s. He was in the Guards depot piping school for almost three years, winning first place in every major championship - English, Scottish, British, European and World Champion in 1984 in grade three. Ronnie was posted to Germany, where he met his wife Martina. He left the army in 1988.
‘’I liked life in Germany and decided to stay. I continued to play the pipes and eventually opened a little piping school over here. I went as far as Malaysia and Singapore, Kosovo and Switzerland teaching and doing concerts.’’
Ronnie’s success has led to him achieving international recognition. He is the permanent pipe major of two tattoos, one in Switzerland and another in Germany.
It was while travelling that the inspiration came for “Prince George of Cambridge´s Welcome”.
‘‘I was on my way to Boston and my in-flight headphones didn’t work. That’s when I had a tune in my head and I decided to scribble it down. It took me about a week to finish it. It was only when the news came on that the duchess had gone into labour that I thought it would be a good idea to dedicate it to the new Royal.’’
Ronnie forwarded the tune to the Queen and was surprised to receive a reply.‘’My letter seems to have gone to the very top. The Queen thanked me for my letter and tune and is very happy to accept my composition. I feel very honoured.’’