Well known Banbury piper Steven Duffy was invited by the Scots Guards, his former Regiment, to perform with the military band at this year’s National TV Awards, screened on the BBC TV on Wednesday.
This year’s star studded event culminated in a special recognition award being presented to comedian Billy Connolley by Oscar winning Hollywood star, Dustin Hoffman.
Mr Duffy provided the backing for international vocalist Raya Yarborough performing the theme tune from the new Amazon TV channel series Outlander before being joined on stage by the whole band. Dustin Hoffman was visibly moved stating that “it brought him out in goosebumps” before presenting the award to his long time friend Billy Connolly. Steven said: “it was a unique occasion, performing with my Regiment at such a unique occasion. I’ve been a fan of Billy Connolly since I was a boy and I felt honoured to be part of the production”.
The stars Mr Duffy met in backstage included Shane Richie, Jessie Wallace, Chris Eubanks, Holly Willoughby, Eamon Holmes, Philip Scofield, Maisie Williams, Hugh Bonneville, Danny Dyer, Lara Carmichael, Phyllis Logan and Boy George.
“Dermot O’leary was absolute professional and very amiable,” said Mr Duffy.