The penultimate contest of the 2016 pipe band season saw Tweedvale Pipe Band on home ground competing in the pipe band contest at the Peebles Highland Games. Held in its traditional venue of Hay Lodge Park, the Peebles Highland Games enjoyed typically variable September weather, which made for challenging conditions in which to set up a pipe band sound. Tweedvale played once in the Grade 4 contest with their march set comprising Greenwoodside, The Earl of Mansfield, McKay’s Farewell to the 74th and The Piper’s Cave. The band put in a very creditable performance of their set, so much so that the Pipe Major announced himself content with the display immediately after the performance, always a bad sign for the overall result!!
When the results were announced, Tweedvale Pipe Band was been placed 5th in Grade 4, with piping placed 6th and drumming place 5th. The Grade 4 contest was won by Bowhill and District Pipe Band. After the prize-giving ceremony was concluded, Tweedvale Pipe Band, along with several others, paraded down from Hay Lodge Park to Peebles High Street entertaining sizeable crowds that had gathered in the early evening sunshine.
Contest venue – Hay Lodge park, Peebles.
Grade 4 Marches: Greenwoodside, The Earl of Mansfield, McKay’s Farewell to the 74th and The Piper’s Cave.
Number of Pipers – 11.
Number of Side Drummers – 6.
Number of Bass Drummers – 1.
Number of Tenor Drummers – 1.
The full results of the Bathgate Pipe Band Contest Grade 4 March contest can be found here.