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Saturday, 29 April, 2000, 15:30 GMT 16:30 UK
Musician told to pipe down
Windsor Castle
The bagpiper plays next to Windsor Castle
Businesses in the picturesque English town of Windsor claim a Scottish bagpiper is scaring away shoppers and tourists with his Highland tunes.

The musician has been playing opposite Windsor Castle for the last three weekends and he is now being told to pipe down for making too much noise

Derek Prime, who works at one of the town's souvenir shop, believes locals were especially annoyed when the kilted piper appeared on St George's Day.


If you like bagpipes they sound very nice but when you have to put up with this awful wailing din all day long it is awful

Derek Prime, Windsor worker
He said: "Can you imagine what would happen if an English military band or team of morris dancers began parading down Edinburgh high street on St Andrews day?

"He is making a real noise and must be less than100 yards from our shop. He is making such a din that people are walking straight past.

"If you like bagpipes they sound very nice but when you have to put up with this awful wailing din all day long it is awful.

"You have also got to take into consideration people who live in Windsor who may not want to hear this racket all the time."

Plea dismissed

The bagpiper was brought in to promote a newly refurbished store for the former Edinburgh Woollen Mill company.

Mr Prime says he has contacted the piper's Edinburgh based employer but his pleas for peace and quiet have so far fallen on deaf ears.

According to the musicians bosses, people are more than happy with the sound of the pipes.

Spokesman Chris Rushton said "The store had a grand re-opening in Windsor on April 6.

"There was both a male and female piper who have been here every weekend since then. It was initially a trial thing and it went very well.

"We have had a tremendous public response both from tourists and from traders. We have had the full support of the castle."

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