Piper Don's Olympic torch song

Piper Don's Olympic torch song

Francis Batt

Piper Don's Olympic torch song

A solitary piper brought a touch of magic to the Olympic torch's progress through the Royal Borough today.

Don Ferencz, 60, was to be seen playing his bagpipes on the Maidenhead Bridge, Windsor and Ascot as the torch passed.

He serenaded it with the Chariots of Fire theme from the balcony of a shop opposite Windsor Castle, before heading to the Long Walk to serenade its progress there.

But Don is no Scotsman. New York was his home, before he moved to Maidenhead after falling in love with former work colleague Maria King.

As director of the Planethood Foundation that works to encourage the prosecution of war criminals, he has an international reputation. But his love of bagpipes is also attracting attention.

He said: "I became fascinated by them and taught myself."

After hearing him play, admirers suggested he offer to play on the route of the Olympic torch. They advised him to contact Theresa May, his local MP in Maidenhead, who is also Home Secretary - and her office arranged it.

Don said: "I have played at the Pantheon in Rome, the Supreme Court in the States and I discovered while playing at the military cemetery in Singapore that it is possible to play with tears running down your face."

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