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A trip to Helensburgh proved successful for Mid Argyll Pipe Band as members came home with a clutch of trophies.
The annual Bicentenary Pipe Band Championships was held in the Clyde coast town on Sunday June 23. Under Pipe Major Craig Lang, Mid Argyll won the Grade 4A contest ahead of seven other bands.
Mid Argyll also ‘played up’ in the Grade 3 contest, taking third place behind winners Johnstone and second-placed Beinn an Tuirc Kintyre, both Grade 3A bands.
With open and local trophies up for grabs, the haul of silverware was doubled for Mid Argyll as they headed back to Lochgilphead on Sunday evening.
Kintyre Schools Novice B band came second in Grade 4B and sixth in the 4A competitions, while Rothesay and District placed fifth in 4A and fourth in Grade 3.
Tobermory High School took silverware back to Mull, as the only band taking part in the juvenile competition.
Argyll and Bute MP Brendan O’Hara performed the chieftain’s duties at the event and said: ‘It’s great to see Mid Argyll Pipe Band at the competition. They are an excellent band and I’m sure they will be very pleased with their results.
‘As a former piper, it’s great to see so many of our young people taking part showing that pipe bands have a great future.
‘It has been a privilege and an honour to be chieftain at the Helensburgh Bicentenary Championships and my congratulations to the organisers for a seamless event.
‘My thanks also to all the bands and Highland dancers that took part and making a wonderful day memorable.’
Brendan O’Hara with Mid Argyll Pipe Band on their day of Helensburgh success. no_a26_MAPB_Helensburgh01
Mid Argyll piper Ruaraidh Logan with the Helensburgh Grade 4A trophy and Brendan O’Hara MP. no_a26_MAPB_Helensburgh02