Lewis Pipe Band win first Major Championship

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The Lewis Pipe Band returned home victorious from the Cowal Pipe Band Championships in Dunoon, after winning their grade and taking back their 2nd trophy this year.

The Band can now add their first ever Major Championship title to their achievements, after beating 14 other bands last Saturday, the 31st of August, to win first place and the Hugh Matheson Memorial Rose Bowl trophy.

All this comes after a busy summer after being promoted up a grade at the end of last year. The Band firmly established themselves in Grade 4A back in June this year with a 5th place at the European Championships, and managed to improve even further in time for the Cowal Championships.

Chairman and piper Sandy Gomez said: “We’re all still in shock after winning first place, and I think we all must have screamed for about 10 minutes at the time because we missed all the other results!

“It’s an amazing achievement for the Band and we’re all thrilled to have been part of it. We’ve worked really hard over the last year, and the results speak for themselves.

“We hope this success will inspire more people on the Island to take up an instrument. Whether they’re learning from scratch or looking to dust off a set of pipes or drumsticks they have in their cupboards, the Band welcomes anyone who wishes to play and be part of the group.”

The Band now hope to compete in the World Pipe Band Championships in 2014 for the first time in their 109 year history, and will begin the work of fundraising for this and other competitions by bagpacking in the Stornoway Co-op this Saturday, the 7th of September.

The Band would like to thank our sponsors, Fidhleirean Eilean an Fhraoich, Harris Tweed Scotland, Harris Tweed Hebrides, Stornoway Sea Angling Club and O’Mac Construction for making it possible for them to take part in these competitions, as without the support of them and the public, none of these achievements would be possible.

A big thanks also go to Lochs Motor Transport for transporting us safely to and from the competitions.