Robert Beck at the 1967 Pipe Band World Championships
Photograph of Robert Beck at the Pipe Band World Championships in 1967.
Courtesy of Mr Robert Beck
The Tiree Pipe Band competed at the World Championships in Oban in 1967 and won second prize in Grade 4. In this photograph Robert Beck is seen receiving the prize from Lady MacLean.
Robert was Tiree’s vet from 1959 to 1974. As chairman of the agricultural sub-committee of the Tiree Council of Social Services he spearheaded a very successful community effort that resulted in Tiree being the first brucellosis-free area in the world. Brucellosis is an infectious disease with no cure that causes abortion in cattle and fevers, anxiety and depression in humans.
Robert went on to work on the staff of the Dick Vet School in Edinburgh. He retired in 1994 and settled in Ruaig with his wife Sheena. He still plays the pipes and tutors children at the local school.
Black and white photograph of Robert Beck of the Tiree Pipe Band at the World Championships in 1966.
Vet Robert Beck of the Tiree Pipe Band at the World Championships in 1966.