Pipe band drumming up support for grant

MILNGAVIE Pipe Band is hoping to secure funding of £6,000 to help it cover teaching and travel cost to competitions next year.

The cash-strapped organisation has applied to the the Royal Bank of Scotland’s Community Fund but needs the help of readers to go online and vote for them.

Honorary president and chairman of the group Hector Cruickshank urged people to vote for the Corbie Ha’ based band in the poll which opens on September 26.

The pipers will be up against more than 100 other organisations Scotland wide, ranging from Boys’ Brigade groups to community councils.

Mr Cruickshank reckons that securing the funding would help them extend their teaching program over the next 12 months.

He said: “I put in the application two weeks ago and we have all been busy trying to drum up as much support as possible. We should get a good response and I hope that as many readers as possible can find time to vote for the band as a grant of £6,000 would greatly assist us to continue throughout 2012.”

Much of the band’s resources are spent on teaching the next generation of young pipers and travelling to participate in competitions.

Mr Cruickshank warned: “If we don’t get this funding we will struggle to compete in tournaments next year.”

Pointing to a missed opportunity this year, he said: “We would have liked to compete in a major competition in Ireland in July, but just could not afford to send all the pipers over there.”

The club is dependent on the goodwill of people through collecting in Milngavie and Bearsden town centres and provides a valuable service to the community as a whole. They are always in demand at Armistice Day and for the British Legion, and played at the recent Milngavie Book and Arts Festival.

To vote for Milngavie and Bearsden Pipe Band go to www.rbs.co.uk/communityforce and enter project number #685 or by telephone 0800 2100245.