Journaland Gazette school can win piper

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SCHOOLS are the Journal and Gazette area have the chance to win the services of a world renowned piper for a day to celebrate St Andrew’s Day.

The ScottishPower Pipe Band, a leading Grade 1 pipe band, is offering schools the opportunity to win one of their pipers by taking part in a competition.

To enter all pupils have to do is: Create a piece of artwork to celebrate St Andrew’s Day – this could be a mural or individual drawings or write a story about how the school is celebrating St Andrew’s Day.

A number of schools from across the length and breadth of Scotland will be selected for a piper to visit their school as part of their event on November 30 to celebrate the Patron Saint of Scotland.

Ann Loughrey, a spokeswoman for ScottishPower, said: “We are very proud of our Scottish heritage and want to play our part in helping youngsters across the country celebrate St Andrew’s Day. The ScottishPower Pipe Band has played across the world at a number of key events, appearing before the Queen at Braemar, the Pope at St Peter’s in Rome and performing at the official opening of the Scottish Parliament. We hope that youngsters would enjoy having a piper to perform at their school celebrations.”

Pipe Major Chris Armstrong added: “More and more young people are keen to learn the pipes and we hope to harness this enthusiasm and help future generations learn this traditional skill.”

“We plan to make this St Andrew’s Day very special for a number of primary school children and look forward to joining in their celebrations.”

To enter the competition for your primary school simply contact Roanna Katz on 0141 333 9585 or e-mail The closing date for entries is Monday, October 31.