Borders band blow the rest away with double Cowal joy

Lisa Kimber, Jamie Brown, Katrina Thomson and Ashley Murray show off the band's haul of silverware
Lisa Kimber, Jamie Brown, Katrina Thomson and Ashley Murray show off the band's haul of silverware
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THE champagne corks were popped as the celebrations went into overdrive following the Scottish Borders Pipe Band’s stunning double victory at the Cowal championships in Dunoon on Saturday, writes Ashley Murray.

The band, who recently lifted the world champions title in Glasgow, added yet another trophy and shield to their ever-increasing haul for 2011 after sweeping all before them in the Grade 4A section.

Piper James Gill described the moment the Borderers were crowned Cowal champions: “The whole band just started cheering and jumping around, we’d been confident of a win, or at least a good position, but it was just amazing,” he said. “When we were then announced as champion of champions everyone just went crazy. I can’t describe what it felt like.”

As well as the presentation of the trophy and shield, each band member received a medal from the World Pipe Band Championships – and left the playing field with huge smiles on their faces.

Two bottles of champagne were then cracked open once everyone arrived back at the bus for a few celebratory drinks.

Drummer Douglas Aitken added: “The bus back home was just wild, and everyone was on such a high after our two wins.

“We all had a great time celebrating, with all the usual pipe band songs being sung. And by the time we got back to Hawick, at about 1am, we were all exhausted.”

The band’s final competition of the season takes place at Peebles on September 11.