Pipe bands moist but magnificent

Innerleithen Pipe Band Championships Stewart Roberston
Innerleithen Pipe Band Championships Stewart Roberston

Leaden skies and heavy showers failed to dampen spirits at the 11th Innerleithen Pipe Band Championships last Saturday, with an almost clean sweep by the 2011 Juvenile World Champions George Watsons College.

Despite a battle royal among20 of the best pipe bands from all over south, east and central Scotland, the Edinburgh private school reigned supreme, taking first place in three grades.

Innerleithen Pipe Band Championships

Innerleithen Pipe Band Championships

There were notable performances from Falkirk-based band Wallacestone and District and Newtongrange Pipe Band.

The 2011 grade four world champions, Scottish Borders Pipe Band, fought well and secured second and third places in grades three and two respectively.

Bruce Hamilton, president of the St Ronan’s Piping Society who organised the event, said: “It’s great to see so many young people taking up piping and drumming.

“I wish the weather could have been kinder to us, but it just goes to show how resilient our young pipers and drummers are as they carried on regardless and treated the modest crowd who braved the weather to a fine display of world-class pipe band music.”

The finale to the contest saw a spectacular massed bands performance, smiles all round and a warming toast by this year’s Chieftain, Jim Doherty.

Profits from the contest will be used to promote and advance the education of pipe band music in Innerleithen.

Anyone who would like to learn the bagpipes or drums can contact Innerleithen Pipe Band, who are offering tuition. For more information visit www.innerleithenpipeband.com or find them on Facebook.

Winners: march and discipline in the park: Newtongrange; juvenile drum major, Cameron Finch, Boghall and Bathgate; adult drum major: Andy Lyon/Peter Vardy, Glenrothes 2010; novice juvenile: George Watson’s College; Grade 4: Wallacestone and District; grade 4 MSR: Newtongrange; grade 3: George Watsons College Juvenile; grade 2: George Watson’s College Juvenile; best bass: George Watsons College Juvenile; best band on street parade: Scottish Borders.