Pipe band holds UK and European titles

Pipe Seargent Ian Deveny collecting the European Champhionship Trophy for Newtongrange Pipe Band
Pipe Seargent Ian Deveny collecting the European Champhionship Trophy for Newtongrange Pipe Band

Newtongrange Pipe Band is celebrating a highly successful start to the 2013 season, after being crowned British and European champions.

The band got off to a flying start, with the drummers winning both events at the Dunbar Highland Games in early May.

However, the first big success for the band was the British Championships in Bathgate on May 25, where the drummers carried on their good form to become British Champions.

The band then took a break from the competition circuit to take part in the centenary celebrations for Newtongrange Gala Day.

More success in the St Ronan’s Pipe Band Championships followed before the big one – the European Championships on June 29 in Forres.

Susan Hazzard from the band relived the day Newtongrange became champions of Europe in front of 15,000 people.

She said: “We had been drawn to play in our grade on the day so had to be on the road by 5.30 to give us plenty of time to arrive and prepare.

“We arrived at Forres with the pipes settling nice and early so that we could actually hear the sound that we were producing.

“We went on to play at 12.31pm with the band producing a solid performance we were happy with, the rest was up to the judges.

“At the end of the day we were announced as Grade 4A European Pipe Band and Drumming Champions.

“I was gobsmacked.

“We had obviously practiced long and hard over the winter to make the standard, but to hear our name called out as European champions was amazing.

“We were all ecstatic, we had a bit of a party that night!”

The band is now focusing on the Scottish Championships in Dumbarton on July 27, where it will hope to continue its great start to an already memorable season.