Seized bagpipes to be returned to piping pair
“I did take those same pipes to Canada and back in February to play at my grandmother’s funeral and had no problem at all,” the teenager said Monday.
The two teenagers had carried certificates from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to verify the ivory wasn’t taken after a ban was enacted in the 1970s.
Campbell, 17, had decided he would have to use an instrument offered by a company in the United Kingdom.
“Every thing is pretty much judged on your sound when you are competing,” he said. “These are such outstanding bagpipes...”
“Our office is in touch with the families and the appropriate federal agencies. We’re hoping for an expedited solution,” said Shaheen Press Secretary Elizabeth Keningsberg.
Last Wednesday, the day before the Websters headed to Canada, Mrs. Webster found out she might have needed an amended form of some sort that she couldn’t obtain in time and was warned the bagpipes could be seized.
The Webster bagpipes are worth about $10,000, although Mr. Webster said they will always remain in the family.
Union Leader Staff Writer Pat Grossmith contributed to this report.
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