European success for pipe band in Northern Ireland

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PIPERS and drummers of the Carnoustie and District Pipe Band recently travelled to Belfast to compete in the European Pipe Band Championships for the first time since it was formed in 2008.

The band, made up of members aged from nine to 70 years, finished a creditable 10th in the Grade 4B section against tough competition. Scott Phillips, the pipe major of the band, was extremely happy with how the weekend went.

He told the Guide & Gazette: “To compete at the European Championships and play well is another big step in the progression of the band. The band has worked very hard to get to this stage but this trip has shown how hard the competition is and what we need to strive for.

“Hopefully this has whetted the appetite of the members to work and practice even harder to give the other bands a run for their money next time!”

The musicians now have a busy month in front of them. The band paraded at the Montrose Highland Games on Sunday and will take part in the World Championships at Glasgow Green this weekend. They will finish off the month by appearing at the Crieff Highland Games.

l Pictured in the grounds of Stormont Castle, Belfast, are, from left, back - David Gibson, Neil Russell, Ian Menzies, David Stewart, Iain Tasker, Andrew Brown, Andrew Christie, Scott Phillips, Ross Murray, Dhugal Paterson, Ashleigh Roberts, George Mitchelson and Ian Campbell.

Front - Kerrie Devlin, Daniel Devlin, Kerr Munro, Valerie Russell, Adam Robertson, Mark Donnachie, Karen Harper, Owen Sweeney, Callum Deuchar and Sandy Burgess.