Pipers bag bursary boost

Carnoustie and District Pipe Band.

Carnoustie and District Pipe Band.

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Carnoustie Pipe Band has received community bursary funding from property management company Ross and Liddell.

Set up in 2008, the band competes locally and nationally and has just completed its most successful season to date, securing a placing in every major Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association (RSPBA) competition.

Last year, the band took part in the UK Pipe Band Championships in Belfast; the European Pipe Band Championships in Forres; the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow; and the Scottish Pipe Band Championships in Dumbarton. Members are now gearing up for the British Pipe Band Championships in Paisley in May 2016.

The pipers and drummers also play at local fundraising events and at Carnoustie Gala Day every year.

Now in its fifth year, the Community Bursary Scheme was launched to provide support to organisations that make a vital difference in their community.

Carnoustie Pipe Band is one of 31 groups to receive funding in this bursary year.

Irene Devenny, managing director of Ross and Liddell, said: “The number of entries that we received for the 2015 scheme was fantastic and the bursary is going from strength to strength. It’s so important that groups like Carnoustie Pipe Band have access to funding sources to ensure that young people get the chance to have fun and meet people, while learning about traditional Scottish music and instruments. We are thrilled to offer our support and know that the funding will be put to good use.”