Band in con­test

Big date for pip­ing

West Lothian Courier - - News - Mar­jorie Kerr

The Boghall and Bath­gate Cale­do­nia pipe band will join al­most 130 of the world’s best when they head to Pais­ley for one of the big­gest dates in the pip­ing cal­en­dar this week­end.

The West Loth­ian band will com­pete in the elite Grade 1 con­test at the Bri­tish Pipe Band Cham­pi­onships – the first of the year’s ‘ ma­jors’ – on Satur­day (May 19) in the town’s St James Play­ing Fields.

The free all- day event will see more than 4000 pipers and drum­mers from the length and breadth of the UK, with in­ter­na­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tion from Den­mark and Ire­land.

The event is in Pais­ley for the third year in a row – and is con­firmed for a fur­ther three years, as part of the ex­panded pro­gramme of events planned via the legacy of the town’s UK City of Cul­ture 2021 bid.

Free en­ter­tain­ment on of­fer in­cludes an in­ter­na­tional food vil­lage and bar, fun­fair, street traders and High­land danc­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

Provost Cameron said: “We are de­lighted to be once again host­ing this great event, and wel­com­ing our friends at the RSPBA, and thou­sands of the world’s best pipers back to Pais­ley.

“Host­ing ma­jor events like this helps to build on Pais­ley’s now-es­tab­lished rep­u­ta­tion as a key des­ti­na­tion on Scot­land’s events map.

“Our historic town cen­tre has many busi­nesses who will be ready to wel­come the thou­sands of visi­tors to Pais­ley with open arms and I hope as many of them as pos­si­ble will take ad­van­tage of the free shut­tle bus ser­vice and en­joy a day or evening out here.”

Ian Em­bel­ton, chief ex­ec­u­tive of the RSPBA, added: “The Bri­tish Cham­pi­onship is the first of our an­nual cal­en­dar of ma­jors and most of the world’s top bands are go­ing to be there.

“Hope­fully next Satur­day will see a big crowd come down to en­joy a day of top-class pip­ing.”

Boghall Per­form­ing and Bath­gate Cale­do­nia Pipe Band

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