West Lothian Schools’ Pipe Band is celebrating having walked away with a top title after being crowned UK champions.
The talented young people scooped the top award in the Novice Juvenile category at the UK Pipe Band Championships in the grounds of Stormont in Belfast recently.
The win is the first major title for the band, which was formed in 2007 and has only been playing competitively since 2011.
Executive councillor Lawrence Fitzpatrick said: “I’m delighted to congratulate our own West Lothian Schools’ Pipe Band on their first major title victory.
“It’s a fantastic achievement to be crowned UK champions in their grade and is a deserved reward for all the hard work put in by all the young people from schools across West Lothian who make up the band and their tutors, Pipe Major Gordon Bruce and David Ross.
“I’m sure this will be the first of many major successes for the band and look forward to continuing to cheer on the ‘Westies’ for the rest of the pipe band season.”
Pipe Major Gordon Bruce added: “I’m extremely proud of our talented young musicians whose commitment and dedication have helped them earn this major title.
“To achieve this award only a few years after having started competing is incredible, and shows the progress made by the young band members in such a short time.
“There are still a lot of the competitions ahead of us this summer, so I hope we can continue to build on the exceptionally strong start we have made to the season so far.
“I’d also like to take this opportunity to personally thank all our parents and carers, as this wouldn’t have been possible without them.
‘‘The support they provide to our young people and the band as a whole is, frankly, phenomenal.”