Scout band in £5,000 boost

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Hawick Scout Fellowship Pipe Band has been given a boost of more than £5,000 in a bid to attract new members.

The young musicians received a £5,400 donation from Banks Renewables’ community fund and pictured right plugging their ears as Banks’ Callum Whiteford plays the pipes are Callum Garden, Alexander Bathgate, Connor Lee and Eilidh Garden.Banks Renewables, part of the Banks Group, is best known in the region for being the current sponsors of Hawick Rugby Club.

The band, founded in 1917, is planning to spend the cash on purchasing six new sets of bagpipes and carry cases for their musicians.

Drum Major David Mactaggart said: “This will have an incredibly positive effect on our members and allows us to welcome new people to experience the joy of playing traditional Scottish music to crowds across the country.”

Banks’ community fund was established to support groups and voluntary organisations in the vicinity of the company’s developments.

The Hamilton-based firm has submitted plans for a 15-turbine wind farm at Birneyknowe, between Hawick and Bonchester Bridge, to the Scottish Government and Scottish Borders Council.