Dunanney Care Home, based in Newtownabbey, part of the Larchwood Care (NI) Ltd group of homes, firmly believes in assisting residents to retain their links with the community.
Ballyclare based group, Major Maynard Sinclair Memorial Pipe Band are renowned in the local Newtownabbey area and so it was, with great expectation that residents and staff awaited their first visit from the band early in 2016, followed with a second performance later in the year.
The Major Sinclair Memorial Pipe Band was established in 1957 following a merger of 2 bands, William Johnston and the Emmanuel piper band. The name given to the band was in honour of local MP Major the Rt. Hon. John Maynard Sinclair whose untimely death occurred in January 1953 with the tragic sinking of MV Princess Victoria.
The younger years of the band were spent in Belfast, then lead by Pipe Major, Lesley McCourt. During this time the band had an appreciable amount of success on the competition field. Throughout the early 1970′s, the band moved base to Newtownabbey, and has remained in the Newtownabbey borough ever since, originally practicing in a community hall prior to moving to its new home in Ballyclare in the late 1990′s.
In 2008 following some years of inactivity, reformation of the band revitalized the group leading to a collection of prizes in many local competitions as well as at the World Championships held annually in Glasgow. The band provide regular performance concerts throughout the Newtownabbey area and beyond. Dunanney Care Home has had the pleasure of welcoming the pipe band for 2 performances so far this year.
Band members took time to explain to residents and visitors a little about each piece of music played and went on to ask for special requests. Residents delighted in both visits from the band, especially two ladies at Dunanney Care Home, both of whom are natives of Scotland.
Dunanney Care Home wishes to thank the Major Maynard Sinclair Memorial Pipe Band and good luck in future competitions.