The Kootenay Kiltie Pipe Band played outside Touchstones on March 2 before opening an exhibit inside that celebrates the group’s history. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Kootenay Kilties turn 100

The iconic pipe band played at the opening of an exhibit about its history

David Hogg, leader of the Kootenay Kiltie Pipe Band, wants everyone to go to the exhibit at Touchstones that chronicles the group’s 100 years in Nelson.

“You will see photos of the Kootenay Kiltie Pipe Band on Baker or Ward, you will see buildings that you may recognize or which have been long gone. If you have lived around Nelson for a while it will not be just a pipe band, but it will be a walk back in history in Nelson for 100 years.

“There is one photo in particular that inspired me, a moment frozen in time, a photo of the band opening the bridge in 1957. I was not in the band but I was there. I lived on Johnstone Road and we came across to school on the ferry. So the bridge was a big deal for me.”

For the opening of the exhibit on March 2, the band played both on the street outside Touchstones and in the lobby crowded to capacity with well wishers.

“I have been around this band since 1960,” Hogg told the Star, “and there are things in the exhibit that I have never seen before. I’m delighted to see how many people are here.”


David Hogg.

The Kootenay Kiltie Pipe Band played outside Touchstones on March 2 before opening an exhibit inside that celebrates the group’s history. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

The Kilties were the first pedestrians to cross the brand new (not yet orange) bridge in 1957. Photo: Touchstones

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