Young New Carron piper brings in the New Year

Twelve year old Finlay Davey from Newcarron with restaurant owner Massimo Fierro
Twelve year old Finlay Davey from Newcarron with restaurant owner Massimo Fierro

Schoolboy Finlay Davey brought a dollop of Scottish tradition to English diners on Hogmanay with an impromptu bagpipe concert.

The 12-year-old was visiting his grandparents in Canterbury at New Year and brought in the bells at a local Italian restaurant.

When owner Massimo Fierro heard about Finlay’s musical talents, he asked him to play for the diners.

Despite never having played in public before, the Fettes College pupil confidently played ‘Auld Lang Syne’ to the delighted restaurant patrons at Pinocchio’s in 

Grandfather Harry Davey said: “The whole restaurant gave him a standing ovation, no one could believe he was only 12-years-old and able to play the bagpipes so well.

“Finlay and his cousins spend New Year with me and for the past few years we have gone to Pinocchio’s for dinner.

“When Massimo found out Finlay could play, he was keen to have him perform and bring a bit of Scottish culture to the evening.”

Finlay, who lives with mum Kirsty, who works in PR, in Newcarron and whose dad Ben is publisher for Hello magazine, only took up the instrument two years ago. He started with the chanter and quickly progressed to the bagpipes.

Harry said: “He is one of the youngest at his school to play the bagpipes, he’s just taken to it very well.

“He’s a very academic boy and seems to pick up 
music easily. We were very proud of him, he put on an excellent performance.

“For the rest of the evening, we had other diners coming up to the table to say 
Finlay had made their night.

“It was the first time he had ever played in public but he took it all in his stride and did brilliantly.”