Innerleithen tunes up for the 14th Pipe Band Championships

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The organisers of the Innerleithen Pipe Band Championships are excited about the quality of entries for this year’s event.

The Championships will be held on September 12, again in the grounds of St Ronan’s Primary School, Innerleithen.

To date, spectators will be entertained by some of the very best pipe bands from all over the South and Central Scotland.

Allan Johnston, the secretary of the St Ronan’s Piping Society says;

“The site at St Ronan’s is excellent, with good accommodation, parking and beer tent, side stalls with face painting, ice cream and hot snacks ... even pony rides. Pipe band enthusiasts will be treated to more than 27 performances from pipe bands at Grades 2, 3 and 4. There will also be an adult and juvenile drum major competition and music to suit all tastes, so we are looking forward to a big turnout from local people and visitors alike to enjoy the music.”

Allan added: “I am also delighted to announce that our Chieftain for the 14th Innerleithen Pipe Band Championships will be Norman Scott. Despite being born in Peebles, at Kingsmeadows House when it was a wartime hospital, Norman has fully immersed himself in Innerleithen life and is a “Weel Kent Face” around the town. He was chosen as the town’s Standard Bearer in 1967.

“Innerleithen Games Week has been Norman’s passion for more than 53 years and in that time he has been an active and enthusiastic member of the Games Committee.”

The Chieftain will be piped down to the school grounds from St Ronan’s Road at about 10.45am on Saturday to take over the reins from last year’s joint Chieftains Jean and Ian Gillie.

Norman will take the salute from the massed bands at 5pm and (weather permitting) will be saluted by the participating bands as they parade about 5.30pm from St Ronan’s Road, Queen Street, Horsbrugh Street and High Street, to fall out in Hall Street.

As an added attraction to this year’s event, the RSPBA Lothian & Borders Branch will be crowning their “Champion of Champions”, the band who has won overall during the competitive season.

The competition will be fierce and the piping will be first-class, definitely an event not to miss.

Entry to the event will be £2 per person (£1 concession) and children under 16 are free. Parking will be £2 per car.