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PSNI band hits right note at piping event

By Nevin Farrell

Published 01/08/2016

Pipe major Robert Cupples (left in front row) and the PSNI pipe band entering the competition arena at the Scottish Championships at Dumbarton on Saturday
Pipe major Robert Cupples (left in front row) and the PSNI pipe band entering the competition arena at the Scottish Championships at Dumbarton on Saturday
Pipe Major Richard Parkes MBE (left in front row) and the Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band
Left, pipe major Samuel Connolly (Ravara Pipe Band) with his twins, Thomas and Sarah, George Ussher, president of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association (left) and Douglas McAllister, provost of West Dunbartonshire Council

The PSNI pipe band blew the competition away at the Scottish Championships on Saturday.

The Pipes and Drums of the Police Service of Northern Ireland won grade two at the event in Dumbarton, which pulled in a 25,000-strong crowd.

The band also picked up the drumming award at the colourful competition.

PSNI pipe major Robert Cupples said he was delighted with the result.

He added that the achievement was a high point for the band, which has been building momentum all season.

Mr Cupples also praised the PSNI drum corps, led by Barney Megoran.

Aughintober, of Tyrone, and Armagh's Marlacoo & District also tasted victory, and drum major Paula Braiden, from Cullybackey, additionally lifted titles.

The bands are now gearing up for the World Championships.

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