MORE than 350 young people aged nine–18 from across Scotland gathered at Motherwell Concert Hall on Saturday for The Boys’ Brigade’s 34th National Bands Contest.
After several successful years in Dundee it was decided to switch the event to North Lanarkshire as brass, woodwind and pipe musicans competed in the annual showcase.
The host county was represented by Wishaw and District Brigade which takes in members of the Boys’ and Girls’ Brigades from Wishaw, Carluke, Lanark, Cambusnethan, Newmains, Law, Lesmahagow, Netherton, Cleland, Forth, Carstairs, Kirkmuirhill, Coltness and Overtown.
They competed in the Open Class Novice category against 4th Port Glasgow, 4th Dunfermline, 10th Leith and 25th Stirling - but it was the Fifers who lifted the prize.
Full list of prizes —
Mini Pipe Band Novice: 1st Bearsden, Mini Pipe Band Novice – Drill Deportment and Turnout: 1st Bearsden.
Mini Pipe Band Open: 1st Troon, Mini Pipe Band Open – Drill Deportment and Turnout: 1st Troon.
Pipe Band Novice: 44th Dundee, Pipe Band Novice – Drill Deportment and Turnout: 1st Bearsden.
Open Class Novice: 4th Dunfermline, Open Class Novice – Drill Deportment and Turnout: 10th Leith.
Pipe Band Contest: 1st Troon, Pipe Band Contest – Drill Deportment and Turnout: 44th Dundee.
Open Class Contest: 1st Fraserburgh, Open Class Contest – Drill Deportment and Turnout: 3rd Johnstone.
Pipe Band Championship: 6th/8th Dundee, Pipe Band Championship - Drill Deportment and Turnout: 6th/8th Dundee.
Open Championship: 1st Tulliallan, Open Championship – Drill Deportment and Turnout: 1st Tulliallan
Mallets: 2nd Port Glasgow.
Prizes were presented by North Lanarkshire depute provost Jean Jones who was delighted with the quality on display.
She said: “It was a fantastic day and each band was as talented as the other so I wouldn’t have liked to have been one of the judges trying to separate them.
“There was so much talent and diversity on display featuring all kinds of intruments and I was particularly pleased in some cases to see members of the Girls’ Brigade within the bands as I would always encourage joint working between our uniformed orgainsations.”