Drumming up support

090612 Boness pipe band contest.
090612 Boness pipe band contest.

CROWDS flocked to the first-ever Bo’ness Pipe Band Championship and Highland Dance competition held at Kinneil Estate last Saturday.

Doing the town proud under the blue skies, hosts Bo’ness Pipe Band won seven of the 10 trophies across the three categories - a Grade 4 contest, Grade 4 MSR and a Grade 3.

Glenrothes and George Watson’s were their opponents.

Mandy Williamson, of Bo’ness Pipe Band committee said: “It was a fantastic feeling to win on home turf.”

In the Highland dancing competition, entrants performed ‘The Flinging Sword’ and ‘The Reel, Flora and Lilt’ in different age groups and at two stages.

Thanks to local food giant Caledonian Produce, entry for the public was free, and the firm has also pledged sponsorship for the next two years.

The estate was packed with nearly 50 stalls, and as well as a popular mentoring tent there was food and drink plus other entertainment.

Mandy praised the great local support and likened the day to a ‘mini Fair’.

“Nobody could believe the turn-out. There were thousands of people there. Everybody enjoyed it. The weather held, which was a bonus.

“I think we have a brilliant community and I don’t think the weather would have made a difference.

“I think they would have come out and supported us regardless”.

She paid tribute to the backers who made it all possible - Caledonian Produce and local businesses who sponsored trophies and advertised in the programme.

*Several bands had pulled out of the event due to last week’s bad weather and, with others involved in gala days, organisers will reassess dates for next year, in a bid to increase entrants.