Band’s joy at Scottish Cup triumph

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Innerleithen’s St Ronan’s Silver Band has scored a major hit by scooping the Scottish Challenge Cup at its first attempt.

The band qualified for the contest through its win at the Scottish Championships in March.

At Perth Concert Hall on Saturday, St Ronan’s was again playing under the baton of musical director Chris Bradley and performed the test-piece, Penlee, by Simon Dobson.

This emotive piece tells the story of the Penlee lifeboat disaster of 1981. All three adjudicators placed the band in first position and were extremely enthusiastic in their praise of the band. One of the judges, Leigh Baker, summed up: “Wow – I feel quite moved at the close and so do the audience. So colourful, so descriptive.”

This win, celebrated above, follows the band’s success at the Borders Entertainment Contest earlier this month, when they were runners-up.

It was a great weekend for the Innerleithen organisation with the Future Band taking second place in the novice section of the Scottish Youth Championships, also in Perth. Conducted by David Robb, the young ensemble claimed plaudits from the judges. One commented: “Good choice of pieces. A well rehearsed set; the future of St Ronan’s is in good hands”

A delighted band secretary Keith Belleville said:“The hard-work put in by the players and both the conductors has really paid off with excellent results.

Next up for the band is Switched-on-Sunday on December 8 and a Christmas concert on December 14.