Sponsorship needed for Bo’ness piping event

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AN URGENT funding appeal has been issued for the Bo’ness Pipe Band Competition 2013, due to take place in eight week’s time at Kinneil Estate.

Organisers need to secure £7500 as soon as possible to ensure the contest, which made its debut last year and is unique in the Falkirk area, is not scrapped.

Already scheduled in the pipe band calendar and the only one listed for June 9, they hope to attract large numbers of entrants.

Chairwoman Mandy Williamson said: “Bo’ness Pipe Band Competition 2013 is in jeopardy after the major sponsor is unable to provide sponsorship this year.

“We are desperately seeking new sponsorship.

“The first Bo’ness Pipe Band competition was such a success it would be a shame if this year’s did not go ahead due to lack of funding.

“We cannot praise enough the backers and the Bo’ness community spirit which rallied round last year to make it such a wonderful day.”

Local food giant Caledonian Produce had put forward up to £10,000 for the inaugural extravaganza.

Mandy claimed there had been a verbal undertaking last year from their key sponsor to support the event for a 
further two years, but she had been told in recent weeks that, for financial reasons, it could not help this year.

She said, had they known this last year, fundraising events could have been planned. While they would still have to go down that route, everyone was having Fair-themed events now, she said.

But a Caledonian Produce spokeswoman told the Journal and Gazette this week: “We can confirm that we have had no formal contact with the organisers since the event took place last year.

“Whilst Caledonian Produce was the official sponsor of the 2012 event, we did not commit to sponsor the event this year or on an ongoing basis.

“We wish the Bo’ness Pipe Band all the best in securing a sponsor for this year’s event.”

She added: “Caledonian Produce is very active in supporting our local community and employees.

“We have sponsored the ‘Caledonian Christmas Cracker’ in partnership with the Journal and Gazette and numerous other local individuals, organisations and events have benefited from the assistance of our site employee forum funds.

“It is our intention to keep supporting the community through these local projects.”

The contest scheduled for June 9 is purely a pipe band contest with Highland dancers competing elsewhere that day. It has been switched from a Saturday to a Sunday, so there is no clash with gala days.

Organisers said the Bo’ness competition was unique in not having an entrance charge.

There had been almost 50 stalls, food and drink plus entertainment. Mandy said everybody had thought it was brilliant and it was something different for the town.

The £7500 needed would pay for judges, a secretary, prize money, plus running costs. Potential sponsors can contact Mandy on 07734 307150 or email mandy_williamson@msn.com