Since Lyell Drummond joined the SSA in the early part of the 21stcentury he has become a truly new man. Not only has his hair grown shorter and his beard blossomed to epic proportions , he now no longer just drinks pints of ale and his beloved highland whiskies, but he has also been known to partake of a pint of soda with a slice of lemon. Oh yes, he is a new-man alright, but peel away that modern veneer and it is plain to see that he bears a striking resemblance to his historic heroes: were it not for the fact that George Silver did not possess a beard in which you could happily park a pair of baby buzzards the similarities between the two would be uncanny; and, were it not for the fact that Donald McBane had been pierced in several parts of his body, had his skin burnt off him by an exploding hand grenade and been immersed in a barrel of oil for three months, the two could almost be twins. This is all because, over the course of more than 20 years, Lyell has trained hard; harder than Rocky. He has climbed more mountains than the Von Trappe family, trained in foil, epee and sabre under the famous Goodhalls and, while he did not spend eight years in solitude on a snowy mountain peak just to better understand the sound of a single snow-flake, he did take up Highland dance with a group of school girls to better understand footwork.
His commitment has led him on a long international journey and, while Lisa Stansfield may have been around the world and couldn’t find her baby, it is quite clear that Lyell could have found his baby if he was looking for it. He was not. Instead he was searching for inspiration and providing invaluable lessons to people at workshops and demonstrations as far afield as Aberdeen and Italy. In fact, he has conducted more workshops than he has tattoos. Pick your time carefully (not when he has been on the soda water and lemon but some of the other beverages) and he may let you count them!