Dagenham Girl Pipers

Dagenham Girl Pipers (U.K.) / c. 1938

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Design: The tartan background to the design, taken from the uniform of the band, is a predominantly red Scottish Lowland pattern known as Royal Stewart. The personal tartan of Queen Elizabeth II, the tartan may be worn (with permission) by loyal subjects, such as the Scots Guards and the Black Watch Regiment of Canada. The gold overprinting lends an aura of classiness, but is lacking in legibility.

History: The Dagenham Girl Pipers all-female pipe band (which is still active), was founded in 1930 in Dagenham, Essex, a London suburb best-known for its auto assembly industry. Turning professional in 1933, the group soon gained many performance bookings and toured internationally, earning widespread acclaim (they have since reverted to amateur status). The production was done by the Levy brothers of London, who also published their own Levatone label. As a private production with no major label name as a distributor, the record would probably have been marketed at the band's live performances. Label scan courtesy of collector Bill Dean-Myatt of the U.K.

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