Jeremy Vine apologises for drug slang blunder while interviewing Scotland's oldest bagpiper

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LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 15: BBC Radio 2 presenter Jeremy Vine on stage during BBC2 Radio Live 2019 at Hyde Park on September 15, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
Jeremy Vine apologised when he was made aware of the interpretation of his words (Getty Images)

Jeremy Vine has apologised after inadvertently offering to supply a 93-year-old bagpipe player drugs during a live interview.

The presenter made the blunder during a live broadcast from Glasgow for BBC Radio 2 while interviewing Scotland’s oldest bagpiper, Billy McVie.

Vine, 54, said of McVie: "Perhaps I can supply him with some puff?”

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Puff is street slang for cannabis.

Vine later tweeted an apology for the mistake.

During the live segment on McVie taught Vine how to play the Highland bagpipe, and discussed the history of the patriotic Scottish instrument.

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Vine told listeners: "Bob is on a mission to convince us that the bagpipe is capable of producing the most melodic and beautiful music and that it has unfairly been described as discordant and screechy.”

He told McVie: “The joy of having you here is that we can cleanse our minds of all the election talk now.

"We don't have to do any politics. Do we? You don't need to say anything about politics here."

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