Success no pipe dream for Teries as Borders band sits top of table

Connie Lothian, Shannon Armstrong and Leona Smith shows off the band's trophies as they lead the way through the streets in Melrose
Connie Lothian, Shannon Armstrong and Leona Smith shows off the band's trophies as they lead the way through the streets in Melrose

THE all-conquering Scottish Borders Pipe Band continued their domination of competitions last weekend.

The world championship-winning outfit, which is a collaboration between Hawick and Stow Pipe Bands, beat off strong opposition from across the country to take the Grade 4 title at Melrose Pipe Band Championships.

Their pieces for the march, Duncan McInnes, Old Aberdeen and Man of Argyle, wowed the judges, while the victory puts them clear at the top of the Lothian and Borders Championships table.

The Borders band was also second in the Grade 4 MSR (March, Strathspey & Reel combination) behind George Watson’s College Novice Juvenile Pipe Band

Piper Cammy Renwick told the Hawick News: “The March was the important one, that’s the one we wanted to win for the Lothian and Borders Championships. We needed that and it was a great win.

“There were no hard feelings when we lost out in the other contest as that was just an extra play on the day.

“There was a laid back atmosphere when we went there. We had nothing to lose, but we were all really pleased with the win.”

It was the first time the band had performed since the sad death of bass drummer Alistair ‘Aggy’ Glendinning last week.

And Cammy admitted there was a strange atmosphere without the popular 50-year-old.

“There was certainly something missing and it was a strange feeling because we were all looking for Aggy to be there,” he said. “To be fair, Katrina Thomson volunteered straight away to play the bass drum and that couldn’t have been easy for her, but she did a great job.”

After claiming their success the Borders band then enjoyed a march down Melrose High Street where they were able to show off their silverware.

Event organiser Ian Graham said: “There was a very good turnout and all those taking part seemed to really enjoy themselves.”

Their focus now turns to the Cowal Highland Gathering in Dunoon this weekend where they will be looking to improve on their second position in the league table for major competitions.