Butter Fingers’ at the British

Butter Fingers’ at the British

Corinne Hutton presents the Grade 1 trophy to Pipe Major Stuart Liddell.

Corinne Hutton presents the Grade 1 winners’ trophy to Inveraray Pipe Major, Stuart Liddell.

Inveraray & District Pipe Band won the first ‘major’ of the season. The band, under the leadership of Stuart Liddell and Steven McWhirter, was placed second in drumming, and first and second in piping by the two piping judges.

It was a day of extremely changeable weather at the exposed St James Playing Field, Paisley, and one which proved too challenging for many bands across the grades. Once again, the suitability of the venue – far too exposed and too close to the M8 motorway and Glasgow Airport – was given a unanimous thumbs down from bands. The inappropriateness of this venue may also be the reason why virtually no Paisley punters bothered to go – this despite entry being free and the council laying on free transport from the centre of the town. Paisley has the British next year, too. The RSPBA needs to have a word with the council about this terrible venue.

Take off!

Take off!

It was a disappointing contest for Simon Fraser University Pipe Band who finished 12th. The band sounded very impressive in the tuning area but didn’t sustain it in the arena–  something that also affected new band, The City of London in Grade 2.
 Newly promoted Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), Buchan Peterson and Johnstone gave a good account of themselves in Grade 1 but with the exception of PSNI, the gap between them and other Grade 1 bands was noticeable on the day.

The next ‘major’ is the United Kingdom Championships on June 10 in Belfast.

Grade 1 – 1. Inveraray & District; 2. Field Marshal Montgomery; 3. Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia; 4. St. Laurence O’Toole; 5. Police Scotland Fife; 6. ScottishPower.
Judges: John Connor and Colin Moffett, (piping); Sandy Russell (drumming); Cameron Edgar (ensemble).
Grade 2 – 1. Lomond & Clyde; 2. Glasgow Skye Association; 3. MacKenzie Caledonian; 4. Balagan (ensemble preference); 5. Closkelt; 6. Bucksburn & District.
Judges: Harry Stevenson and Jim Wark (piping); Stuart Coils (drumming); Paul Turner (ensemble).
Grade 3A – 1. 2622 (Highland) Squadron R.A.F (ensemble preference); 2. Royal Burgh of Stirling; 3. Vale of Atholl; 4. Kintyre Schools; 5. Wallacestone and District; 6. City of Inverness (ensemble preference)
Judges: Ronnie McShannon and Alvis Kerr (piping); Paul Brown (drumming); Ciaran Mordaunt (ensemble).
Grade 3B – 1. Royal Burgh of Annan; 2. Quinn Memorial; 3. Bothwell Castle; 4. The Highlanders (4 Scots); 5. Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service; 6. Lanark and District.
Judges – Thomas Brown and Donald MacPhee (piping); Lee Innes (drumming); James Campbell (ensemble).
Juvenile – 1. Dollar Academy; 2. George Heriot’s School; 3. George Watson’s College; 4. North Lanarkshire Schools; 5. West Lothian Schools; 6. Preston Lodge High School.
Judges: John Connor and Colin Moffett; Alexander Russell (drumming); Cameron Edgar (ensemble).
Grade 4A – 1. Denny and Dunipace; 2. Bowhill and District (ensemble preference); 3. Johnstone; 4. Kinross and District; 5. Glenrothes and District (ensemble preference); 6. Lochryan.
Judges: Ronnie McShannon and Alvis Kerr (piping); Paul Brown (drumming); Ciaran Mordaunt (ensemble).
Grade 4B – 1. Lisnamulligan; 2. Sgt. Walker Memorial; 3. Kelty and Blairadam (ensemble preference); 4. Davidson’s Mains and District; 5. Vale of Atholl; 6. Hawick.
Judges: Peter Hunt and John Moles; 2. Gregory Dinsdale (drumming); 3. Peter Snaddon QVRM (ensemble).

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