Donation puts band on a sounder footing

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Hawick Scout Pipe Band has been given the chance to welcome new members, thanks to a windfall of more than £5,000.

The young musicians have received a £5,400 donation from the Banks Community Fund, set up by the Banks Group, a family-owned renewable energy and property firm employing 420 across Scotland and the north of England.

Banks Renewables, part of the Banks Group, is best known in the region for being the current sponsors of Hawick Rugby Club.

The band, founded in 1917, is planning to spend the cash on purchasing six new sets of bagpipes and carry cases for their musicians.

Drum Major David McTaggart said: “This will have an incredibly positive effect on our members and allows us to welcome new people to experience the joy of playing traditional Scottish music to crowds across the country.”

The fund was established to support community groups and voluntary organisations in the vicinity of the Banks Group’s developments.

The Hamilton-based firm has submitted plans for a 15-turbine wind farm at Birneyknowe, between Hawick and Bonchester Bridge, to the Scottish Government and SBC.