Band’s elation at world class win turns to grief as drummer dies

24/07/2011, Scotsman, TSPL , Edinburgh Pipe band championships, Ingliston showground, Edinburgh. Members of the Scottish Borders pipe band warm up.   Pic Ian Rutherford

24/07/2011, Scotsman, TSPL , Edinburgh Pipe band championships, Ingliston showground, Edinburgh. Members of the Scottish Borders pipe band warm up. Pic Ian Rutherford

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A HAWICK drummer has died just three days after being crowned a world champion.

Despite a long battle against cancer, Alistair Glendinning bravely took part with Scottish Borders Pipe Band in the World Championships, staged at Glasgow Green on Saturday.

Following their stunning success in the prestigious event, he was chosen to collect the trophy on behalf of the band.

But the 50-year-old bricklayer suffered a relapse after the gruelling day out and was taken to Borders General Hospital the following day.

Despite his long illness, his fellow band members were shocked to learn that the father-of-two passed away on Tuesday evening.

The band had defeated almost 40 bands from all over the world to take the coveted Grade 4A title, and they were also voted the Best Drums Corps, which Alistair played a major role in. Better known as Aggy, he had also played a leading role in the amalgamation of Hawick and Stow pipe bands last year to form the Scottish Borders Pipe Band in a bid to boost their chances of success at world championship level.

Hawick Pipe Major Cammy Renwick said: “After the highs of Saturday, everyone is devastated at hearing the news.

“We all knew he had not been well, but to be honest he was looking a lot better on Saturday than he had been for a long time so this has come as a shock.

“Aggy had even booked a campsite for our next championships at Dunoon in a fortnight’s time.

“He has been involved in Hawick Pipe Band for more than 20 years and has always been a strong voice, and it was fitting that he should go up and collect the trophies, it was very deserved.

“We had left Hawick at 5am and it was a long day for him, but he was over the moon at our success. He had just wanted to be a part of it.”

Piper Alan McGill added: “He just wanted to win the world championships and nothing was going to stop him. He kept battling on and he was a marvellous example to us all.”

Tributes to Aggy have been pouring in on the social networking site Facebook.

A statement from Hawick Pipe Band read: “Hawick Pipe Band are devastated at the tragic news that our bass drummer Alistair Glendinning has passed away.

“He was an asset to the band and a unique member. He was the life and soul of the party and everybody’s friend. Rest in Peace Aggy, you’ll be missed.”

Following the qualifying heats featuring more than 40 bands, the Scottish Borders Pipe Band made the final 12, comprising nine from Ireland, two from Scotland and one from the USA.

The 20 pipers and 12 drummers produced a top performance to be crowned world champions in their grade, with the drum corps also winning the world drumming prize.

The band are due to head to Melrose Pipe Band Championships this Saturday before attending the Cowal Games in Dunoon in two weeks.