Borders man pays tribute to an American Hero

A piper clad in Clan Armstrong tartan will represent Scotland at a memorial ceremony for the first man on the moon.

Angus Sutherland, who comes from the Borders, will pipe Neil Armstrong's family into Washington DC cathedral.

"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.

The people of Scotland will be represented at this fitting memorial in Washington by a Scottish Government representative based in the US and of course by the talented piping of Mr Sutherland.”

– Alex Salmond, Scotland's First Minister