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Umm, no, really, just no

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.”

Just no.

Move near to a barracks then tough…..

9 thoughts on “Umm, no, really, just no”

  1. I think they should respect the wishes of the residents who have been there for 170 years or more. The rest of them should go fuck themselves, having bought into a location with an existing tradition.

  2. Just like those who move to a place where they ring the church bells and then complain about the church bells, they are the ones who should adapt. Not the church bell ringers or the pipe players.

  3. I stayed in a hotel in Wassenburg, Germany 20 years ago whilst working. The bells in the church over the road would start ringing every morning at 07:00 and didn’t stop for at least 70 ‘dongs’ (as it always coincided with a distinctly ‘delicate’ constitution, I lost the will to live at that point and stopped counting).

  4. It was a real pisser to have had a holiday place in Turkey very near to a mosque and to have been woken from a drunken slumber every day at the crack of dawn by the call to prayer.

    Better research required in future.

  5. Better research required in future.

    Why bother, when you could just submit a noise pollution complaint? Sauce, goose, gander etc

  6. If is a live piper playing, the neighbors have nothing to complain about. If it is a recording played over a set of loudspeakers, then they may have a point. A piper is tradition, flipping a switch is not.

  7. It was a real pisser to have had a holiday place in Turkey very near to a mosque and to have been woken from a drunken slumber every day at the crack of dawn by the call to prayer.

    When I first visited the ME in the 80s, the call to prayer was a Muezzin climbing to the top of the minaret and singing his heart out. It was a nice piece of exotica, a bit like the dawn chorus. Today, every mosque seems to be in a race to have a more powerful, lower quality amplifier than its neighbours, and the result is an unbearable cacophony. I don’t know what the locals make of it (but I suspect they’d complain if they could).

  8. You are reminding me of when I worked in Viccy Bks (the one in Brisbane.)

    We got a complaint asking when the rifle range in Townsville was going to be shut down.

    The answer, ‘Well, er never.’

    But the bloke I bought the place from said it would be!!

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