Innerleithen pipe band contest set for Saturday

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The organisers of the Innerleithen Pipe Band Championships are hoping for some late September sunshine to grace the annual Innerleithen Pipe band Championships this Saturday (September 13) at 11am at their new venue in the grounds of St Ronan’s Primary School, Innerleithen.

This popular annual event has only had one dry day in the last 13 years, so this year the organisers are keeping their fingers crossed and it all looks good so far.

Allan Johnston, the secretary of St Ronan’s Piping Society, said: “This year we decided to move the event to September as a major pipe band competition was scheduled for the weekend in June when we normally run the event.

“Our new venue is excellent with good accommodation and parking, and this year’s event is offering the usual beer tent, side stalls with face painting, ice-cream and hot snacks.”

“Irrespective of the weather, Pipe Band enthusiasts will be treated to more than 30 performances from some of the very best pipe bands in Scotland. There will also be an adult and juvenile Drum Major competition. We are looking forward to a big turnout of local people to enjoy the music.”

Allan added: “This year has been marred by the loss of one of our most enthusiastic committee members, Johnstone Cox.

“Johnstone was a stalwart of the society and he will be sorely missed by all. As a token of our respect and appreciation for his work over the years, a new trophy has been commissioned – The Johnstone Cox Memorial Quaich – which will be presented to the best Drum Corps in Grade 4 MSR.

Also breaking from tradition this year, we have appointed joint Chieftains, Ian and Jean Gillie.

Entry is £3 (£2 conc) and children under 16 are free. Parking will be £3 per car.