Campbeltown Courier - - FEATURE -

A TRO­PHY in mem­ory of one of Camp­bel­town’s most well-known and much-loved pip­ing per­son­al­i­ties has been in­tro­duced to this year’s Spring­bank In­vi­ta­tional Com­pe­ti­tion. The Wil­lie McCal­lum Me­mo­rial Tro­phy for the year’s cham­pion piper will be awarded to one of eight of the world’s best pipers, in­clud­ing Wil­lie’s own son, also Wil­lie McCal­lum. At the Kin­tyre Pip­ing So­ci­ety (KPS)’s 19th event, from 10am, to­mor­row (Satur­day) in the Seafield Ho­tel, the pipers will per­form for the com­pe­ti­tion’s three judges and a Bean-an-Tighe de­scribed as sec­ond-to-none. This year, there will be a new bench of judges, with PM Iain Mor­ri­son and Iain McFadyen un­able to at­tend, and PM Ian Dun­can and Mur­ray Hen­der­son, join­ing John Wil­son, in­vited in their places. The Bean-an-Tighe will be Rhona Light­foot. The pipers will com­pete, once again, for the McFadyens Trans­port Lim­ited tro­phy for 6/8 Mach by lo­cal com­posers. KPS’ pres­i­dent, John Lang Brown, said: ‘We are de­lighted with the con­tin­u­ing in­volve­ment of Spring­bank Dis­tillery as our main spon­sor, and are highly in­debted to them and their man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Hed­ley Wright. ‘Thanks also for the help we re­ceive from all our other spon­sors and sup­port­ers.’ McFadyen Trans­port’s Heather McFadyen and Spring­bank’s di­rec­tor of sales and mar­ket­ing, Ranald Watson, will present the prizes at the end of the com­pe­ti­tion. En­try to the com­pe­ti­tion is at the dis­cre­tion of the KPS com­mit­tee and each com­peti­tor sub­mits six tunes for Piobaireachd, four tunes of their own choice for March, Strath­spey and Reel, and two tunes for Horn­pipe and Jig and 6/8 March for lo­cal com­posers.

Last year’s com­peti­tors at Spring­bank Dis­tillery.

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