Broch pipers sweep awards to the tune of 15 trophies

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A Fraserburgh pipe band picked up an impressive 15 awards at a national competition including Best Band on the day.

The Fraserburgh Royal British Legion band won the prizes at the 40th annual Miniband competition on Sunday held at Edinburgh’s Redford Barracks.

Denise Buchan, the band’s Pipe Major, said: “It was vary good day and a very successful one.

“It was good for the first competition of the year.”

Along with winning the best band on the day, the Broch pipe band also laid claim to first prize in grades two and three, first place for under 16 solo drumming and first, second and third for the under 18 piper contests.

Quite a number of awards were won by young members of the band and Ms Buchan says this reflects the youth involved in the pipe group.

She said: “On the day there was 30 members, 22 of them were under 18 and most of them were under 14.

“Our future looks good and hopefully we just need to keep working hard and the young guys will keep it up in the future.”

The band’s chairperson Victor Sutherland, who has two daughter’s that play in band said: “It’s a really good result for the band.

“They just went there and played the best they can.”

The musicians will now turn there attentions to the Quartet Contest on March 19 and a full band event in Huntley on April 23 before they take on the British Championships in May and then on to the World Championships in August.

Ms Buchan said: “It will be a busy year from now on.”

As well as practising the group also spend a lot of time fundraising.

They are currently fundraising for a new set of drums and will hold an inflatables day at St Combs Hall on March 20.