The Dagenham Girl Pipers are a female bagpipe marching band based in Dagenham, Greater London.
The band was formed in by a Congregational minister, Rev Joseph Waddington Graves, in 1930, turning professional three years later, and have toured internationally. The girls were initially taught in secret by Scottish Pipe Major Douglas Scott-Taylor who, it is said, thought teaching women would damage his reputation.
The pipers were also known for having the first female, and first non-Scot pipe major who came from their own ranks, when Sgt Edith Turnbull—the first member of the band—was made a Pipe Major in the band.
During a pre-war performance in Germany, Hitler was heard to remark: "I wish I had a band like that."
During World War II, the pipers were members of ENSA (Entertainments National Service Association) and entertained the troops.
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