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Wick event has a hundred pipers an' a', an' a'


By David G Scott


WICK's 100th anniversary massed pipe band event attracted a bumper crowd to the town centre on Saturday evening.

As a highlight of its centenary programme, Wick RBLS Pipe Band invited bands and musicians from Thurso, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Switzerland and Germany to join with dancers from the Elise Lyall School of Dancing to create a unique and vibrant celebration.

Wick band convener Colin Mackay said: "It was absolutely fantastic. It couldn't have gone better. The bands all turned up in force and the weather held."

Colin added that there was a "keen sense of humour" that really helped make it such a special event with all the camaraderie needed for this diverse selection of musicians.

"Most of all I want to thank the public for coming out and showing their support – it was just staggering."

The parade of bands was supplemented by the Elise Lyall dancers who brought colour and warmth to the cool of the evening in Wick's Market Square.

There will be another massed pipe band event in Wick with the Sutherland Caledonian Pipe Band on Saturday, July 20. Throughout the summer on Wednesdays at 7.45pm will be a series of Scottish variety shows at Wick Pipe Band Hall in High Street.

Wick RBLS Pipe Band was celebrating its 100th year at Saturday's event. Picture: Alan Hendry
Wick RBLS Pipe Band was celebrating its 100th year at Saturday's event. Picture: Alan Hendry
Wick RBLS Pipe Band on the march ahead of the town centre parade. Picture: Alan Hendry
Wick RBLS Pipe Band on the march ahead of the town centre parade. Picture: Alan Hendry
Thurso Pipe Band marching down Cliff Road for the parade. Alan Hendry
Thurso Pipe Band marching down Cliff Road for the parade. Alan Hendry
The bands in full flow watched by an admiring crowd. Picture: Noel Donaldson
The bands in full flow watched by an admiring crowd. Picture: Noel Donaldson
Pipers and drummers forming in Wick's Market Square. Picture: Noel Donaldson
Pipers and drummers forming in Wick's Market Square. Picture: Noel Donaldson
A section of the bumper crowd in the Market Square. Picture: Noel Donaldson
A section of the bumper crowd in the Market Square. Picture: Noel Donaldson


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