If you find yourself in the main street of Roxburgh around noon on a Friday, don’t be surprised to hear the skirl of bagpipes or even spy a local kicking up a leg in an improvised jig.
It’s an appropriate sound to be heard on Scotland St, where pharmacist Alastair Forbes has been proudly showcasing his Scots heritage by piping for passersby outside his Highland Pharmacy.
Mr Forbes, who was born in Waipukurau, Hawke’s Bay, but whose parents hail from County Caithness in the north of Scotland, has been providing a wee bit of entertainment for the lads and lasses in the town and those passing through for about 20 years.
Two locals show up regularly to listen to Mr Forbes play the pipes and indulge in some friendly banter, with one pretending to toss the caber with his walking stick on a recent Friday afternoon.
Mr Forbes, who dresses in full Scottish regalia before filling his bagpipes with air, said his regular concerts were a chance for “a bit of practice, a bit of entertainment and a bit of business promotion”.