Buchan Peterson world champs

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Buchan Peterson Pipe Band have been crowned Grade 2 World Pipe Band Champions.

The 2013 season is really shaping up to be one of the best in the band’s history after it scooped the global title in Glasgow recently.

With the Championships being trialled over two days this year, Saturday gave the Grade 2 bands centre stage as the Grade 1 finals were scheduled for the Sunday.

The Buchan band – led by Pipe Major Scott Oliphant with Leading Drummer Brian Martin – continued on a roll after winning the British and European championships and narrowly missing out at the Scottish championship as runners-up at Dumbarton last month.

The World Championship draws bands from as far as Australia and New Zealand, however, the local band successfully beat off strong competition from American and Canada to get the result they had been working hard towards.

The band reached the 12-band final after playing in horrendous weather in one of two qualifying heats.

Pipe Major Oliphant felt that, all things considered, the band played to their potential, but he was still glad to see them safely through to the final after having been placed third in qualifying.

The band then took advantage of the afternoon sunshine to give a resounding performance.

Although the band has its roots firmly in Peterhead, it draws its members from across the North-east.

Band chairman Robert Skinner told us: “Our season got off to a fantastic start. On Saturday, we were competing against really strong opposition with the overseas bands being heavily tipped to take the title.

“The band was clearly more than equal to the task, and the trophy will rest firmly in the North-east.”

The band previously won the event in 1996, in what proved to be a halcyon year for the group when it took top honours in all five major championships.

The band returns to Dunoon at the end of the month to The Cowal Games, where a top placing could see them being crowned Champion of Champions on points amassed over the 2013 season.

The band will now start its preparation for the Cowal Championship at The Cowal Gathering at Dunoon in two weeks’ time.

It will go into the event as favourites to be crowned Champion of Champions from placing gathered at the earlier events.