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Kiwi pipers capture top band prize

By Rachel Martin

Published 08/08/2016

Pipe major Emmett Conway leads the New Zealand Police Pipe Band into the arena
Pipe major Emmett Conway leads the New Zealand Police Pipe Band into the arena
The band’s final practice
Andrea Gibson and daughter Kathryn McKeown of Battlehill Pipe Band

A New Zealand band has proved it is piping hot after it jetted halfway around the world to win a major competition in Northern Ireland.

The New Zealand Police Pipe Band lifted the grade one trophy at the Lisburn and Castlereagh City Pipe Band Championships having fought off competition from almost 60 other bands.

The seven-time winners of the New Zealand Piping Championships are based at the Royal New Zealand Police College, north of Wellington. But they are no strangers to Northern Ireland, and took top honours at the Moira Demesne contest on Saturday.

Indeed, the band major is former Cookstown native Emmett Conway, who previously played with the world champion Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band and was Ulster Senior Solo Piping Champion in 2013. 

Saturday's contest saw 56 bands and 45 drum majors take part.

Battlehill Pipe Band also had a notable win, with mother and daughter drum majors Andrea Gibson and daughter Kathryn McKeown scooping first place in the adult and junior grades.

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