Pipe band looking to strike up another successful tune in 2012

HAWICK’S pipers and drummers will help the Scottish Borders Pipe Band to strike even higher notes next year.

The band, which swept the board in 2011, has been promoted to Grade 3 – and will face more competitive and tougher challenges in 2012.

Now the world champions have been given a huge pat on the back by staunch Hawick councillor Davie Paterson.

“Indeed, one of my pals, Aggie Glendinning, was a Hawick man and was one of the founder members of this band and he picked up its prize for winning the World Championship before he died,” he said.

“I wish them luck and hopefully they can bring yet more prizes to the Borders.

“I also agree with Sandy Aitchison (fellow-councillor and drummer) that it was a tremendous achievement to win the World Championship in their first year as a combined band.

“I am sure it will be a lot tougher in the Grade 3 class, but I am also certain the band will give 100 per cent.”

The popular band comprises mostly of pipers and drummers from the Hawick and Stow bands. “They just performed beyond anybody’s expectations and it was wonderful to see the reward that all the hard work needed,” said Councillor Aitchison. “One great thing though is that the piping and the drumming schools have established themselves and so there is now hope for the future in that we are training youngsters with top class tuition and that has to be good.”

The band kicked off its festive season last Thursday night with a practice session before tucking into turkey and mulled win – the real hard work will start in the New Year.