The City of Brechin MacDonald Energy Pipe Band

Prize winners at the MacDonald Energy City of Brechin Pipe Band presentation, which was held in the Nova on Saturday evening (see seperate story)

Prize winners at the MacDonald Energy City of Brechin Pipe Band presentation, which was held in the Nova on Saturday evening (see seperate story)

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The City of Brechin MacDonald Energy Pipe Band held its annual award ceremony on Saturday, January 29.

The results are as follows:-

Grade 4 pipe band - Best dressed piper - Iain Scott, Brechin; Best dressed dummer - Gus Nicoll, Brechin; Chanter player - Ryan Elder, Laurencekirk, Piping trophy - Murray McKay, Montrose; Most improved piper - Irene Walker, Padanarm; Most improved drummer - Gregory Hill, Gightyburn.

Grade 3 pipe band - Best dressed piper - Laura Nicoll, Brechin; Best dressed drummer - Colin Ross, Brechin; Drumming - Suzi Carson, Laurencekirk; Most improved bass section - Beth Ritchie, Friokheim; Most improved piper, joint first - Lewis Wright, Laurencekirk and Thomas Roberts, Gourdon; Players player - Grant McIntosh, Brechin. The Wooden Spoon - Jack Stewart, Kingsmuir.

A special award was awarded to Joyce Strachan of Brechin.

The event was well attended.

The players player had three main contenders – Beth Ritchie, Ian McKay and winner Grant McIntosh.

There were three contenders for the wooden spoon – Murray McKay for clapping hands whilst holding a cuppa, Paul McAndrew for taking a long way round to Annan and winner Jack Stewart for when his chanter fell out when the Remembrance Parade moved off.

Joyce Strachan received a long service award for dedication to the band.

There was one other award to be given but due to illness the recipient was unable to receive the award so it will be presented at another date.

The bands are now working hard on new season tunes and will be playing outside once the weather improves.