The County Down Section of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association (RSPBANI) were pleased to welcome their first ever Lord Mayor to act as ‘Chieftain of the Day’ at the annual Craigavon & District Pipe Band and Drum Major Championships in Lurgan Park on Saturday.
Organised in partnership with Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, the event, held in wall to wall sunshine, saw 42 pipe bands and 60 drum majors competing in the various contest grades.
Addressing the gathering, Alderman Gareth Wilson (Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council) said he was blown away with the efforts of the RSPBANI County Down Section in bringing this event to Lurgan Park.
There was plenty of entertainment on offer with a wide range of delicious food at the cuisine court, a staged area with cultural music and dancing along with face painting, balloon modelling and a kid’s fairground zone to keep the little ones entertained.
Once again a feature of this championship was the inclusion of a raffle for a set of bagpipes donated by RG Hardie & Co (Glasgow) which raised £1,000 for the chosen charity, NI Children’s Hospice.
The winner of the bagpipes was Robert Smyth from Ardrossan.
The main winners on the day were: Grade 1 - Pipes and Drums of the Police Service of Northern Ireland, Grade 2 - Closkelt, Grade 3A - Drumlough, Grade 3B - Battlehill, Grade 4A - St. Mary’s Derrytrasna and Grade 4B - Kildoag.
The main drum major winners were: Novice Grade - Louis Anderson (Crozier Memorial), Junior Grade - Jamie Cupples (Aughintober), Juvenile Grade - Emma Barr (Field Marshal Montgomery) and Adult Grade - Jason Price (Ravara).