Pipe band at­tack in Feild­ing


Kilts, pipes, drums and high­land danc­ing are tak­ing over Feild­ing this Fri­day and Satur­day. The town is gear­ing up for the Na­tional Pipe Band Cham­pi­onships this week­end. 45 bands are at­tend­ing the Celtic Ceilidh with its ac­com­pa­ny­ing Celtic mar­ket based in Kowhai Park. Ju­niors through to premier grades will be try­ing to im­press in­ter­na­tional judges over two days of com­pe­ti­tion com­menc­ing from 9am Fri­day.

Fri­day’s Fo­cus on Feild­ing con­test day con­tin­ues un­til 4pm, while in Manch­ester Square, the usual Feild­ing Farm­ers Mar­ket, will adopt a Celtic theme.

Fri­day af­ter­noon’s street march and massed band dis­play will mean sev­eral street clo­sures be­tween 3.15pm – 7.30pm along the march­ing route.

The bands will assem­ble on South St out­side Man­feild Park, and pa­rade along Fer­gus­son and War­wick St, and then up Kim­bolton Rd to Manch­ester Square, where the pub­lic wel­come will be held.

Road users are ad­vised to take al­ter­nate routes around the event to min­imise con­ges­tion and in­con­ve­nience.

At around 7pm, Manch­ester Square hosts Rhythm of the Beat – the in­vi­ta­tional drum corps freestyle per­for­mance.


Zirka Cir­cus creates a fan­tasy world for its Cross the Ocean show open­ing on the Rail­way Land this week.

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