Dance and prize giving for pipe band

Presentation: Brechin Castle Centre's Yvonne Ritchie presents members of the Brechin Pipeband with a cheque for �334.'Picture by photosonlocation.co.uk

Presentation: Brechin Castle Centre's Yvonne Ritchie presents members of the Brechin Pipeband with a cheque for �334.'Picture by photosonlocation.co.uk

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THE CITY of Brechin pipe band held their annual dance and prize-giving on Saturday, November 24.

It has been a very busy time for the band, with most of the members having headed off to Kinross for the branch solos that same day.

The remaining members of the band attended the Brechin Castle Centre to greet Santa on his arrival on Saturday morning.

During their time at the Castle Centre, band members were presented with a cheque for £334 from the Castle Centre’s Yvonne Ritchie.

The band has already received a cheque for £211 from the Brechin Castle Centre.

In the evening band members met up for a dance and the prize-giving.

Prize-winners were as follows:-

Wooden spoon for gaff of the year - Bruce Cargill, Forfar, who forgot to turn up for practise having overslept.

Piping awards:-

Most improved piper: Grade 3 - Ruaridh Lawrie, Careston; Grade 4 - Liam Donalson, Kirriemuir. Best chanter: Grade 4 - Liam Brown, St Cyrus. Most promising piper: Grade 4 - Ryan Elder and Andrew young, both Laurencekirk.

Drumming awards:-

Most improved drummer: Grade 3 - Allan Hamilton, Brechin and Innes Mckay, Montrose; Grade 4 - Orla Sutherland, Kirriemuir. Bass section: Grade 3 - Colin Ross; Grade 4 - Libby Logan, Dundee.

Players’ player of the year - The Mckay family consisting of Ian Murray and Innes. The Mckay family were given this award after having to deal with a personal illness within the family.

Ten year awards: Laura Nicoll, Brechin (piper), Paul and Gwen McAndrew, Laurencekirk (drummer and piper), Kath McAndrew, Forfar (secretary).

Joyce Strachan of Brechin was presented with the first ever life membership for her services to the band. Joyce has been on the committee for 25 years.