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President of the Maclean Services Club, Dennis Noel, watches on as Maclean ‘lone’ piper Alister Smith plays a lament, at the lowering of the flag at the Maclean Services Club, on Friday night. Image: Lynne Mowbray

Club returns to traditions

Lynne Mowbray |

The Maclean Services Club has returned to its tradition, with the reintroduction of a lone piper playing a lament, at the lowering of the flag.

This old tradition dates back centuries, as a mark of respect for the fallen.

President of the Maclean Services Club, Dennis Noel said that his father WW11 Veteran Clyde Noel lowered the flag at the Maclean Services Club for many years and as president of the club, he is carrying on the tradition.

“The Club’s new sign at the front of the Services Club, which was replaced after being destroyed in January’s wild storm, has the figure of a lone piper as its emblem,” said Mr Noel.
“This is in keeping with the town’s European heritage and being known as the Scottish Town in Australia.
“Maclean also had the first Volunteer Army Reserves, a Scottish Rifle Attachment, which was formed in the late 1800’s,” he said.
Mr Noel said that the flag in front of the club will be piped down at 5.45pm on the last Friday of each month and dedicated to the anniversary of actions in all battles, which fall in that month.

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