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Fantastic achievement

The controversy over whether a road closure order was required to allow the world’s best pipe band to march through their home town was soon forgotten.

By the time the Inveraray band jumped off the bus with the Cowal Trophy on Saturday evening there was little chance, truth be told, that they wouldn’t march up the main street.

That is what the people wanted. That is what local politicians and others were pressing for. The band, too, were keen to take to the street rather than the avenue car park. With one police officer on duty, the pragmatic view was taken. They would march, but with a blue light in front to ensure safety.

The police are to be commended for taking the common sense approach, and all’s well that ended well. It was a great night of celebration – even if a bad one for the heads of Inveraray folk the following morning.

You can be sure, though, that both Stuart Liddell and Stephen McWhirter’s thoughts are already on next season.

As Stuart told the Advertiser in a recent interview, it is all about constant improvement. Which is bad news for every other Grade One band out there.

Meanwhile, there is a little while to bask in the glory of a fantastic achievement.