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Scottish pipers mark roots of Neil Armstrong at memorial service

Report by Geraint Vincent.

A piper marked the Scottish roots of Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the Moon, when he played at his memorial service in the US today.

Angus Sutherland, dressed in Clan Armstrong tartan, piped in the Armstrong family by playing Mist Covered Mountains.

Former Nasa astronaut Armstrong died at the age of 82 on August 25 after suffering complications from heart surgery he underwent earlier in the month.

He made history when he landed on the Moon on July 20 1969, stepping out of the spacecraft to utter the famous words: "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."

A public memorial service was held today at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington DC.

Armstrong's Apollo 11 crewmates Michael Collins and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, Eugene A Cernan, the Apollo 17 mission commander and last man to walk on the moon, and John Glenn, the former senator and first American to orbit the Earth, were among those who attended.

Mr Sutherland, 22, was asked to play at the event on behalf of the Scottish people by the Scottish Government.

He said: "The service was amazing, a really special occasion, and it was a real privilege to be part of it."

U.S. astronauts Neil Armstrong smiles in the lunar module after his historic moonwalk. Credit: Reuters

Armstrong was born on August 5, 1930, on a farm in Ohio but was proud of his Scottish roots, and in 1972 he accepted the freedom of the town of Langholm in Dumfries and Galloway.

Mr Sutherland is originally from Kelso in the neighbouring county of the Borders but now lives in Washington DC.

Armstrong commanded the Apollo 11 spacecraft that landed on the Moon.

Along with fellow astronaut Aldrin, he spent nearly three hours walking about collecting samples, conducting experiments and taking photographs.

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond said: "Neil Armstrong was a modest man who achieved magnificent things.

"He was extremely proud of his Scottish roots and never more so than the day in 1972 when, in the 'Muckle Toon' of Langholm in Dumfriesshire, he accepted the freedom of the town.

"Local people were surprised but delighted when he accepted their invitation and when Mr Armstrong declared that Langholm would from then on be considered his home town. Forty years later, the collective memory of that day has not dimmed."