• Kernow Pipes & Drums, Premier Pipe & Drum marching band in Cornwall
  • Kernow Pipes & Drums, Premier Pipe & Drum marching band in Cornwall
  • Kernow Pipes & Drums, Premier Pipe & Drum marching band in Cornwall
  • Kernow Pipes & Drums, Premier Pipe & Drum marching band in Cornwall
  • Kernow Pipes & Drums, Premier Pipe & Drum marching band in Cornwall
  • Kernow Pipes & Drums, Premier Pipe & Drum marching band in Cornwall

John Christophers

john christophers of kernow pipes and drums

 I was born in Falmouth in 1945, later joining the CCF at school in London, and proudly played the bugle in blancoed white gaiters, belt and lanyard, but it was to be over 50 years before I marched with another band.

On leaving school, I was apprenticed as a photo-engraver in the printing industry.  My wife, Gill, and I ran an etching and engraving business for 25 years and at the same time I was an enthusiastic retained fireman with the Essex Fire and Rescue Service.  Unfortunately, I couldn't find the extra hours needed to take part in the brigade pipe band.

Coming back to my Cornish roots has enabled me to join The Nankersey Male Choir and the Kernow Pipes and Drums, with whom I began playing in 2013.  In 2014 I was privileged to play with the band at the 70th Anniversary of Operation Market Garden which took place in Arnhem, where this photograph was taken.