Pipe bands draw crowds

The massed bands on the march at Banchory.
The massed bands on the march at Banchory.

Banchory’s second Pipe Band Championship in recent years saw a turn-out of more than a thousand people on Sunday.

More than 20 bands of four different grades competed through sunshine and showers at King George V Park, culminating in a stirring massed bands performance at the conclusion of the North of Scotland competition.

Banchory Business Association (BBA) and the North of Scotland branch of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association have thanked local people and organisations who all contributed to making the day such a resounding success.

BBA secretary Paul Panchaud, chief organiser, said: “We are delighted to be hosting this event again and hope to do so for years to come.

“It is a real feather in Banchory’s cap.”

Results:

Grade 4 March - 1 City of Inverness; 2 Culter and District; 3 Granite City Pipes and Drums. Drumming Grade 4 March - City of Inverness. Grade 4 MSR - 1 City of Inverness; 2 Elgin and District; 3 Granite City Pipes and Drums. Drumming Grade 4 MSR - City of Inverness; Best Bass Grade 4 - Elgin and District. Grade 3 - 1 2622 Highland Squadron RAF; 2 Portlethen and District; 3 Tuurriff and District. Drumming Grade 3 - 2622 Highland Squadron RAF. Grade 2 - 1 Buchan Peterson; 2 MacKenzie Caledonia; 3 Grampian Police Scotland. Drumming Grade 2 - Buchan Peterson. Grade 1 - 1 Scottish Power; Police Scotland Fife Pipe Band; 3 Buchan Peterson. Drumming Grade 1 - Police Scotland Fife Pipe Band. Drum Majors - 1 Michael Leitch, Portlethen and District; 2 William Jordan, Scottish Power; 3 David Rae, Ellon and District RBL.