Everyone in the pipe band world will be delighted to learn of the latest honour to be bestowed on Tommy Millar. Tommy, from Ballymena, Co. Antrim, was created an MBE in HM The Queen’s New Year Honours 2012. The citation reads: Thomas Millar. Broadcaster, BBC Radio Ulster. For services to Pipe Band Music in Northern Ireland. (Ballymena, Antrim). Tommy, aka ‘the Kilted Runner’, has championed the cause of pipe band music for many years via his popular programmes on BBC Radio Ulster. Describing pipe band music as the ‘greatest sound in the world’, Tommy charms his listeners with his pawky humour and informed comment. Thoroughly well deserved Tommy and all the best from your friends ‘over the water’. RW.
Also honoured: Mrs Sheila Hatcher. Pipe Major, Dagenham Girl Pipers. For services to Music. (Grays, Essex)