Success for Lewis Pipe Band

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Lewis Pipe Band did the island proud at the British Pipe Band Championships in Annan on Saturday being placed second in their category.

They beat off stiff competition to make it through to the finals and were awarded second place just one point behind Coalburn Pipe Band.

Chair of Lewis Pipe Band Sandy Gomez said they were delighted with the result: “Our grade consisted of 27 bands, which was split into two heats with the top six from each progressing to a final playoff. The band played in the qualifying heat in the morning, playing 13th out of 14 in our heat. After performing, the band felt confident they’d played well and had our fingers crossed that we’d qualify. After a tense wait for the four judges (two piping, one drumming, one ensemble) results, the band finished 3rd in their heat to progress to the final in the afternoon.

The afternoon performance was also very tense, with the band hoping to play well and do the Island proud. After the March Past containing another 140 bands, the results were announced.

We finished second overall, with both Piping judges giving us top marks, leaving just one point between us and first place. A fantastic achievement for a band that has only competed twice in its history. We received a lot of great comments from the judges about our performance, giving us plenty to build on as well.

“All 19 members who travelled (10 pipers, nine drummers) worked very hard in the build up over the last few months, and the result is a testament to this. Every member played their best, and we felt really proud to have attained such a good result. Second place was better than we could have imagined, and came as a great surprise to all of us.

“We hope this result will spur us on to compete at more competitions in the future, and hope to better the result at the British Championships next year in Forres.”