Pipe Band prize-winners

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CARNOUSTIE pipe band recognised the achievements of its members last weekend with a ceilidh and prizegiving.

The Carnoustie and District pipe band held their annual awards ceremony and ceilidh in the Panmure Hotel, Monifieth on Saturday night.

Awards were presented to: most improved drum pupil – Rebecca Fullerton; most improved drummer – Kerri Roberts; most improved bass section player – Valerie Russell; most improved piper – Daniel Devlin, runner up Mark Donnachie; most improved pipe pupil – Mark Bertenshaw, runner up Cieran Kydd, and the David Murray Memorial trophy – Pipe Major Ian Campbell.

Pipe Major Ian Campbell said: “The night is in recognition of the efforts put in by various band members and it’s also a treat for everyone to let their hair down a bit and have some fun.

“We’ve seen the band go from strength to strength at various competitions throughout the year putting in good performances at the World Championships in Glasgow and the European Championships held in Belfast.

“We won our first prize as a band at Crieff Highland Gathering which was a memorable moment for everyone and it was such a fitting occasion for our past President David Murray to lead the band down the street.”

The Pipe Band has had a tumultuous year, with Ian taking over as Pipe Major, and Dave Stewart as lead drummer, and the sad death of president and sponsor, Mr David Murray.

In his honour, the band have formed a new juvenile section, the ‘David Murray Memorial Pipe Band’.

Ian said: “I have very high hopes for both bands. We have come through difficult times this year and the support that everyone has given to each other has been amazing.

“Now that we have created the concept of the two bands, it is hoped that we will be able to focus more on their respective abilities.

“We are in for some new and exciting times ahead and are committed to being involved with the progression of youth in the community and to continuing the teaching of our national musical instruments.

“I would ask anyone, young or old, who is interested in learning to play bagpipes or drums, to come along and see what we are all about. For those already established, junior or senior players out there, we are always on the look out for new members to enhance both bands.”