Matt Black with Tori Blain, of White Hot Pipes. Picture by Robin Crossley.
MUSIC FROM a poignant tribute to the victims of the Dunblane massacre to an uplifting rendition of a Slade hit, there was something for everyone at the third annual Medina Tattoo.
The tattoo, at a packed Medina Theatre last Saturday, was again staged in aid of the Earl Mountbatten Hospice and starred the popular band The Wight Hot Pipes, led by St Helens GP and bagpipe supremo, Kieron Cooney.
During the first half of the show, the band performed a moving tribute to the victims of the Dunblane killings, entitled The Bells of Dunblane.
After the Rose and Thistle Pipe Band from Portsmouth entertained with a rousing 'skirl’ of the pipes and drums, the Dowager Countess Evangeline Rackett sang the tragedy ballad Miss Otis Regrets, accompanied by the pipes and drums.
The Island’s Vox Pop singers and the Medina Marching Band rounded off the first half of the show.
The Wight Hot Pipes opened the second half with rousing renditions of Snow Patrol’s Chasing Cars and the tunes, Run Runaway, a monster hit for Slade, and The Gael, the theme to the film Braveheart.
The audience was also treated to a fun duet to Anything You Can Do by the Wight Hot Pipes’ singer Tori Blain and 'piano man’ Matt Black from Bournemouth, who doubled as the show’s compere.
The evening also included a Pavarotti-style performance by Rob Joliffe and Ashleigh Mackness of the Vocal Chords singing group.
The grand finale of Highland Cathedral, Amazing Grace, Auld Lang Syne and Scotland the Brave, performed by all the show’s participants, earned a standing ovation from the 400-plus audience.
The show raised £4,000 for the hospice.
Dr Cooney said: "It really was a fabulous evening and I’m so proud of everyone and their efforts for the hospice. All the performers gave their time freely and making it the hottest show in town."