Pipers are third in British Championships

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Milngavie Pipe Band continued their successful start to the new season with a third place at the British Championships in Bathgate.

The pipers were up against 18 other bands mainly from other parts of Scotland - with three from Ireland - and played a Competition March, Strathspey and reel.

President Hector Cruickshank said: “The judges liked the whole thing. They liked the tunes we had picked and the tempo of play.

“I think they were looking for something different and technique was important as well.”

The pipe band who practiswe in the oldest building in Milngavie, Corbie Ha’ , won a trophy and £400 to help them compete at future events.

This is the second time the band have won an award.

In the first competition of the season on Saturday, March 23 the pipers were placed second in the Lothian and Borders Pipe Band Championships.

Hector, from Milngavie, who has been the club president for the past four years, said the two trophies were well deserved .

He said: “This has been a great start to the new season. All the hard work, practising throughout the winter has really helped.”

Last Saturday (June 1) the band had another good result when they were placed fourth in the West of Scotland Championships at Shotts, picking up another trophy in the Grade 3B category.

At the same competition, the band also came fourth in the Grade 3 open section which was open to pipe bands from throughout the country.

Commenting on the recent success pipe major Craig Bell said; “We are all delighted with the string of recent successes Milngavie Pipe Band has achieved.

“All of our members are dedicated to playing and always give 110 per cent.

“It is great that they are getting the recognition that they deserve and it is a great advertisement not just for piping in Milngavie , but the West of Scotland.”

The band are an integral part of Milngavie having met at the Corbie Ha’ every since moving into the building in 1966, when the then owner Colonel Douglas gave them permission.

Over a period of time the band expanded and in 1972 the band managed to buy the grade B listed building.

Volunteers have helped make the group what it is today with all band members putting in hours of training each week.

With the continued expansion, there is now also a very popular juvenile section to provide new future talent.