Buchan Peterson are European champs!

Pipe Major Scott Oliphant receives the trophy from main sponsor Bill Dean, managing director of Deans of Huntly.
Pipe Major Scott Oliphant receives the trophy from main sponsor Bill Dean, managing director of Deans of Huntly.

Buchan Peterson Pipe Band built on their successes by retaining The European Pipe Band Champions in the second grade at Grant Park, Forres on the last Saturday in June.

Top placings were secured in May at The British Championships at Bathgate and also at The UK Championships in Belfast earlier in the month.

This is the second year the competition has been held in Forres and is already on the pipe band calendar for next year.

The 45-strong band was well placed to meet the challenge from the top Grade 2 bands from across the country.

Of great assistance to winning the overall championship was first place being awarded to the drum corps under Leading Drummer, Brian Martin.

He told us: “We have a very strong corps presently and as the result proves, we are capable of holding our own against the very best.

“This can only be sustained by the hard work and endeavours of all our members who give up a lot of their spare time to keep us at this level”.

Robert Skinner, band chairman, was jubilant over the result.

He said: “As a band we were confident of being well placed at this event however the ambition was to retain our titles in both piping and drumming.

“I was delighted to hear the Buchan drummers being hailed as winners ahead of the main result.

!I would like to thank our main sponsors Petersons and The Palace Hotel, Peterhead for their continued help and support which allows the band to travel and compete at all major championships”.

The band led by Pipe Major Scott Oliphant, chases another major honour when contesting The Scottish Championship at Dumbarton at the end of this month.

Placings from the five major championships are carried forward to a Champion of Champions title awarded at the season’s end. The Band is well placed going into the next round.

The band will be performing at the Mintlaw Pipe Band Contest at Aden Park on Sunday August 10, before heading to Glasgow Green for The World Pipe Band Championship the following weekend.