Pipe band championships drums up support for hall

band webRESIDENTS in Dyke village had an unusual wake-up call on Saturday morning when they were roused to the sound of pipes and drums.

Dyke villagers were treated to a display from the Dunoon Grammar School Pipe Band who had used the Dyke and District Community Hall as digs for the night before they headed to the European Pipe Band Championships in Grant Park.

The band which came eighth out of 15 bands at Piping at Forres were unable to get accommodation elsewhere so opted for the hall instead.

Gordon Ferguson, chairman of the hall committee said he was delighted they were able to be part of what was a fantastic event for the whole area.

forres 18 forres 17He said: “It just shows what a great event Piping at Forres is, and what it can do for the economy of the area. We were delighted that the Dunoon band used the hall. It just shows how versatile it is.”

He added: “We were also pleased that they gave the residents of Dyke a special wake-up call as a thank you for our hospitality. They really were tremendous and it definitely got a few people up and out of their beds.”

Fiona Campbell secretary of the Dunoon Grammar School Pipe Band said: “The hall was a great choice for us and met our needs. It was a long day and we didn’t arrive until 10pm, but the kids got their beds set up and then disappeared outside to play Frisbee and football, then came back in for a game of monopoly.”

She added: “In the morning we tuned up outside the hall and gave the residents a taster. It was lovely to have various locals cheering the kids as they played a couple of tunes before we left.”