New band to pipe up in capital contest

The new Scottish Borders Pipe Band is to take part in a new championship, in Edinburgh.

The band, a collaboration between Hawick and Stow pipe bands, will compete in the grade three and four categories under the leadership of pipe major Stuart Robinson.

Bands from across Scotland will be taking part, including Inveraray and District Pipe Band; Glenrothes and District, Newtongrange, Turriff and District and the Pipes and Drums of Central Scotland police.

The one-day inaugural event, organised by and held at the Royal Highland Centre in association with the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association’s Lothian and Borders branch, will involve more than 39 performances as bands compete in seven categories.

Pipe major Stuart Robinson said: “The Edinburgh Pipe Band Championship is a welcome addition to the piping calendar. We’re really looking forward to competing in three categories on the day, contesting the grade three, four and four MSR titles. It promises to be a great competition and we hope to build on our winning performance at the Scottish championships.”

The competition will also feature Highland dancing, drum major competitions, Highland games, bouncy castles and face painting.

John Hughes, event organiser and chairman of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association Lothian and Borders branch, said: “There is real excitement about the Edinburgh Pipe Band Championship, the first piping event in the capital in more than 15 years, and we’re delighted to have such a positive response from bands across Scotland, including the newly created Scottish Borders Pipe Band.

“With more than 39 performances from bands over a range of grades from juvenile to grade one, it’s shaping up to be a hotly contested competition.”

The family day out starts at 9am, with the grand finale at 5.30pm. Prices are £7 for adults, £4 for car parking, under-16s free. Tickets are available online at www.ticketmaster.co.uk.