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Battlefield bugle to sound Last Post at Inverness Cathedral


By Val Sweeney


Paul Wilson will play the Last Post on his WWI bugle belonging to his great uncle who used it at the Battle of the Somme.
Paul Wilson will play the Last Post on his WWI bugle belonging to his great uncle who used it at the Battle of the Somme.

Paul Wilson, who is now custodian of the instrument, will play the Last Post and Reveille during Sunday's Remembrance service at Inverness Cathedral.

"It will be a great honour and privilege to do it," said Mr Wilson, of Muir of Ord. "I think it will be a poignant moment. The service is about commemoration and remembering and to hear that sound coming from an instrument which has seen active service makes it all the more relevent."

It belonged to his great uncle, Arthur Wilson, who served with the Tyneside Scottish and was wounded during the Battle of the Somme on July 4 1916 - four days into the offensive. Luckily, he survived and went on to lead a full life.

The bugle eventually passed to his nephew - Paul Wilson's father - who eventually passed it to his son.

"I have always grown up knowing about the bugle," said Mr Wilson, finance director at Cairngorm Windows. "I remember it sitting on the hearth next to the fire and I often used to pick it up and play it and annoy my parents - and probably the neighbours!

"When I was about six or seven, I started to play the trumpet and the bugle passed to me. I have been custodian ever since but it was only when I reached a certain age I really started to think about it.

"It is a bit dated, battered and bruised. But it is exactly as it would have been all those years ago - completely unrestored but sounding exactly and distinctive as it ever was.

"It will incredibly poignant to roll back the clock 100 years and play it."

Mr Wilson is a member of the Truly Terrible Orchestra, Ness Symphonia and the Highland Chamber Orchestra.



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