Troops at the 170-year-old Victoria Barracks traditionally play pipe calls three times a day, once at 6am, again at 12.30pm for lunch and finally at 6pm for the last parade.
However, in a message to the Ballater & Crathie Community Group on Facebook, Major Weir said it had become “apparent not everyone enjoys getting up at 0600 to Johnny Cope” – a popular Scottish folk song.
He said he had received a number of “somewhat polite complaints to his staff”.
While asking if people could stop swearing at the soldiers, Major Weir wrote: “I’ll move morning pipe call to 0700hrs weekdays and there will be no pipe calls at weekends.
“I hope this gesture demonstrates my desire to integrate with the local community at the expense of my own orders.”
Move near to a barracks then tough…..