Lathallan School Pipe band prepare for European competition in Forres

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Lathallan School Pipe Band are hard at practise as they prepare to take part in the European Pipe Band Championship held in Forres, Moray.

The competition, which takes place on Saturday, June 29, will only be the third competition that the band - with members aged eight to 18 - has entered.

The school, which is located in Johnshaven, are hopeful that their band can scoop a prize in the novice/ juvenile section of the competition.

An incredible 122 Pipe Bands have registered to play in the European Pipe Band Championships - including The City of Brechin Pipe Band.

The majority of band competing at the Grant Park, event come from Scotland, but there will also be bands from Eire, and Northern Ireland and as far afield as Australia and Oman.

The championships are being hosted by Forres Events Ltd, a small group of businessmen and women who with support from the Moray Council and Highlands and Islands Enterprise successfully bid for the championships last year.

Lindsey Dreelan, secretary to the Band said: “Lathallan Pipe Band is excited to be part of the European Championships, as a young band this will only be our third competition outing so we will need lots of support!”

David Urquhart of Forres Events Ltd said: “There will be thousands of pipers piping; drummers drumming, 50 dancers (Highland) dancing; judges judging and cooks cooking out in Grant Park in June – and that’s going to be a spectacular sight and sound.

“We want as many people as possible to come along to share in the day whether there to support your local band or just to share in the experience you’ll be assured of a piping hot Forres welcome.”

If you want to support the band tickets for the event can be purchased from pipinghotforres.com or on of the day of the championship.