Penola piper shares life memories

THROUGH THICK AND THIN: Jim and Christina Childs at their home in Penola. Jim attributes his good health at 90 years old to his wife’s “tender loving care.” Picture: BRITTANY DENTON

“I SUPPOSE I’d be the oldest piper in the south east,” Penola resident Jim Childs posited, speaking to The Border Watch a week after he celebrated his 90th birthday.

“We made our debut in 1950 and I’m the last of the foundation members.”

Jim is a familiar face around town, in large part due to his 67-year involvement with the Penola Caledonian Pipe Band.

“On our debut we had 14 pipers and five drummers and we marched

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