Lewis Pipe Band wow ‘The Worlds’

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Pipe Major Peter Mackay admitted the whole Lewis Pipe Band were ‘buzzing’ after a phenomenal performance and result at the ‘Worlds.’

Lewis Pipe Band cranked up the volume for the performance, and subsequent party, of their lives after placing second at the World Pipe Band Championships.

The 20-strong travelling members of the band produced a stunning performance to clinch runners-up spot in grade 3B at the Championships in Glasgow.

Following two-days of competition at Glasgow Green, the Lewis Pipe Band marched onto the podium with Peter admitting they had surpassed even their own expectations.

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“The main goal for me was to go down there and qualify for the final,” beamed Mr Mackay in the Stornoway Gazette office this week.

“Once we heard we had qualified we all celebrated like we had won. Honestly it was amazing and ahead of the final, in which we had to play a medley, I told everyone to just relax as we had done our job already for me.”

Lewis qualified for the final 12 from an original pool of 24 pipe bands which had amassed from all over the planet.

At the event, known as The Worlds, were a staggering 230 pipe bands and a massive 8000 pipers and drummers.

Sixteen nations were represented at the event, known including first time entrants from Austria and Malaysia and bands from Scotland, and Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Canada, England, Oman, USA, New Zealand, Australia, Denmark, Switzerland, South Africa, Belgium, and Holland.

“We felt we had played well so we were relaxed and confident,” continued Mr Mackay, “it wasn’t until the end when we did a big march on with the massed bands that we found out where we had placed when each grade was announced.

“It was incredible to hear we were second as we had all these other band names in our heads for those places.”

The crack Lewis troupe earned a pair of firsts, a second and a seventh for their displays at Glasgow Green which left Mr Mackay beaming.

“There were four judges, two piping, one ensemble and one drumming and we had two firsts from the piping judges and a second for ensemble,” he explained.

“Against seasoned bands from all the world was a huge thing for us. It is testament to the hard work and commitment from the whole band over the past while during the cold, wet weather and the midges.

“We had a wee party but we will have a party parade here on Lewis, hopefully in September, as it would be good to show off our trophy through the town.”

Ten-pipers and ten-drummers made up the 20-strong Lewis Pipe Band and Mackay is quick to insist every member was crucial in the band’s success but he had a special mention for one member of the band insisting Ross Macdonald has done an ‘incredible job with the drummers’.

The delighted pipe major signs off with a word of thanks for all who have backed and supported the Lewis Pipe Band who, he thinks, have shown what a mighty punch they pack – even on the international stage.

He added: “There is a league table system where you move up and down according to results at competitions. We have only competed in two events but are fourth in the table which is outstanding as most other bands are doing four or five at least

“We have had amazing sponsorship and support from so many people and we would like to thank everyone for that. People have been very kind and it has helped us out so much.

Pictured is Ross Macdonald (left) and Peter Mackay showing their delight as they clutch the trophy.