Sgoil Lionacleit Pipe Band ready for Piping Hot Forres

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Sgoil Lionacleit Pipe Band made the journey to Bathgate at the end of May to compete in the British Pipe Band Championships.

Over 140 pipe bands attended - it was a huge event with all the buzz and excitement of the World Pipe Band Championships.

Pipeband committee member Anne Bird said: “The band played very well and although they did not make the final round, they received some positive feedback from the judges which they can apply to their performance at their next competition - the European Pipe Band Championships on 28th June.”

Fundraising in June continued with a bake sale followed by a Piping Recital hosted by Calum Morrison and showcasing local man Lachie Dick in the Dark Island Hotel on 13th.

The audience were delighted by Lachie and by other solo performers ranging from promising chanter players to accomplished young pipers from the community.

Highland dancers and musicians from Sgoil Lionacleit also contributed and the SLPB Committee are very grateful to all the performers and to the Dark Island Hotel for providing a venue.

Practice continues apace for the European Championships, also known as ‘Piping Hot Forres’. The band and their helpers will travel to Forres to participate in the event, which, although is known as the Europeans, will be attended by bands from all over the world including Switzerland, Ireland, Australia and the US.

The event is also host to the World Tattie Scone Championship, but band members will be discouraged from having too many of those before they have played their set!