‘Great strength’ of pip­ing in Ar­gyll

The Oban Times - - News -

THE Ar­gyll­shire Gath­er­ing Oban Games re­cently played host to one of Scot­land’s premier solo pip­ing com­pe­ti­tions on be­half of the Ar­gyll Pip­ing Trust.

The Ar­gyll Pip­ing Trust (APT) was set up in 1979 by the Ar­gyll­shire Gath­er­ing to en­cour­age and de­velop pip­ing through­out the county.

Jamie Mel­lor, pip­ing con­vener, said: ‘ Since then the trust has led the way in restor­ing pip­ing across Ar­gyll to the po­si­tion of great strength it en­joys to­day.

‘The APT is proud to have en­cour­aged pip­ing from the ground with the help of their ex­cel­lent tu­tors, Stu­art Lid­dell of In­ver­ary, An­gus MacColl of Oban and Nigel Mor­ris of Is­lay.

‘As a di­rect re­sult of the APT pri­mary schools tu­ition scheme, the qual­ity of pipers com­ing through is of the high­est level and has ben­e­fited county-based pipe bands which are now amongst the best bands in the world.

‘In ad­di­tion to part-fund­ing the pip­ing tu­ition in pri­mary schools, the APT ar­ranges other com­pe­ti­tions with Ar­gyll Schools, pro­vides bur­saries to up-and- com­ing pipers and lends sets of pipes to pupils to en­able learn­ing.’

Mr Mel­lor added: ‘Since 1996, by fund­ing 50 per cent of the to­tal cost, the trust has acted as the largest in­de­pen­dent sup­porter of Ar­gyll and Bute coun­cil in de­liv­er­ing free pip­ing tu­ition to its pri­mary schools.

‘ We have an ever-in­creas­ing need for spon­sor­ship to sus­tain our cur­rent ac­tiv­i­ties and to in­crease our sup­port of Pip­ing in Ar­gyll in di­rect re­sponse to the ob­vi­ous de­mand for ex­cel­lence.

‘If you think you can help we are keen to hear from you, so please register your in­ter­est by con­tact­ing our chair­man Hugh Nick­er­son on hugh@co­nun­drum.co.uk’

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The win­ner of this year’s Ar­gyll­shire Gath­er­ing pip­ing com­pe­ti­tion, John An­gus Smith of Lon­don, pic­tured cen­tre, was pre­sented with the Airds VC Tro­phy by John Richard Camp­bell-Wal­ters and

Ni­cola Pretty

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