Champ Greg’s so pip­ing hot

Lead in world-beat­ing In­ver­aray band

Wishaw Press - - FRONT PAGE - Michael Tem­lett

A Wishaw man was sit­ting on top of the world af­ter the Pipe Band Cham­pi­onships.

Greg McAl­lis­ter was part of the win­ning In­ver­aray and District Pipe Band who were crowned first place at the pres­ti­gious tour­na­ment in Glas­gow Green ear­lier this month.

The 23-year-old was front rank for the band af­ter play­ing the pipes for al­most 20 years.

The McAl­lis­ter’s mu­si­cal tal­ents run in the fam­ily with Greg fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of his dad Ewan and grandad Tom.

And Greg, who used to play for Shotts and Dyke­head Caledonia Pipe Band, re­vealed he was al­ready play­ing on a win­ning set of pipes.

He said: “My dad was chair­man of Shotts Pipe Band and won the World Cham­pi­onships in 1980 and my grandad was a pipe ma­jor who had won it as well.

“I was us­ing his pipes at the event and our fam­ily has a great his­tory with the World Cham­pi­onships.

“I was de­lighted and it felt like a long time com­ing be­cause I’ve been play­ing pipes since I was four.

“My grandad started to teach me but he died two weeks af­ter we started and then my dad taught me for a while. “I’ve been play­ing grade one since 2009 and I al­ways wanted to get to the top.”

Greg was front rank at the event – a well-re­spected po­si­tion in the band – and he ad­mits he was thrilled with how the week­end went.

In­ver­aray and District beat more than 200 other bands and de­feated last year’s win­ners, Field Mar­shal Mont­gomery Pipe Band, in the fi­nal.

Greg added: “I had al­ways wanted to play with Shotts Pipe Band be­cause of the con­nec­tion my fam­ily has with the band.

“But I moved to In­ver­aray and District be­cause of the mu­sic and I’m glad that’s paid off.”

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