Stornoway will play host to six time world pipe band champions, The Simon Fraser University Pipe Band, at next weekend’s Tattoo Hebrides.
The band from Vancouver in Canada will be arriving in Scotland to compete in the World Pipe Band Championship but will start their annual trip with a bang at this year’s Tattoo organised by the Stornoway Amenity Trust.
Pipe Major Terry Lee says the 30 band members are all set for the local event and are looking forward to entertaining the island audience.
He said: “We are looking forward to this trip very much. It is such a different experience this time compared to past trips to Scotland over these many years.
“Very few of our group have been to the islands before which makes it all the more exciting.”
He added: “Hopefully people will see and hear SFU band in top form, we are competing at the Worlds one week later. We will be playing new and older music and we particularly enjoy bringing our own flare to old traditional music.”
The Harris Tweed Hebrides Tattoo Hebrides 2014 has been five years in the planning since the very successful Tattoo back in 2009.
As well as SFU, the event will feature a further seven pipebands including Lewis, Skye, Uist and Sgoil Lionacleit Bands.
The Friday evening Tattoo on Lews Castle Green will feature the pipebands as well as a Drum Major display team from the International School of Scottish Drum Majors led by Billy Jordan of Scottish Power Pipe Band.
There will also be performances by local dancers, horse displays, the arrival of the Vikings from Shetland and a spectacular fireworks finale.
This will be followed by a Grand Concert in Lewis Sports on the Saturday featuring SFU, North Uist singer Julie Fowlis, The Lochies, Sambayabamba and many more.
Special school art boards are currently on display around Stornoway town centre celebrating the staging of the Tattoo.
Local children are also being asked to play a part in this summer’s Tattoo and the Trust are organising a Primary School Fancy Dress Competition for individuals and schools entries.
The individual competition is open to any primary school pupil in the Western Isles and £50 will be awarded to the winner; £25 for second place and £10 for third.
Tickets for next weekend’s Tattoo are on sale in Stornoway Tourist Information Centre or online at www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/harris-tweed-hebrides-tattoo-2014-tatu-innse-gall-tickets-9906528694
Polo shirts listing all the acts at this year’s Tattoo will be available at the end of this month in the Harris Tweed Hebrides shop in Stornoway and also at the event in August.