Crieff Hydro Hotel CEO, Stephen Leckie and his children, Charlie, Richard and Louisa, have brought in Christmas Day with a stirring live performance outside of the iconic Hotel - in keeping with a family tradition that dates back decades, and 47 years for Stephen himself.

For nearly half a century Stephen has taken to his bagpipes to ring in Christmas Day and Hogmanay at the Hotel and despite the challenges that 2020 has brought with it, the family did not disappoint.


The Christmas Day performance at 3.30pm included a rendition of Green Hills of Tyrol.


The family used their musical skills as a symbol of peace and hope throughout 2020, playing throughout lockdown every Thursday evening to recognise and give thanks to the NHS and front-line workers.


Stephen Leckie said:

“As a family, the tradition of playing the pipes outside of Crieff Hydro is a huge part of celebrating Christmas. This is usually followed by eating, drinking and celebrating with our guests in the Hotel over the festive season, which sadly is just not to be this year. Music is a very emotive experience for many, and we hope our Christmas performance will cheer up many who are spending the festive season a little differently than they had planned. I hope it brings peace and hope for a better year to come.”


The family also plan to bring in Hogmanay with a performance of Scotland the Brave to see out 2020 and welcome new beginnings.


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