Pipe band rehearse for world championships in Moss Bank Park
THE sounds of the Scottish Highlands could be heard in Moss Bank Park as rehearsals for the biggest event in the piping calendar took place.
The pipe sergeant of the Bolton Caledonia Pipe Band Jasmin Hyland was rehearsing with her brother George Alexander for the annual World Pipe Championships which will take place in Glasgow this weekend.
Her band, Bolton Caledonia Pipe Band loaned George’s band, City of Cockburn Pipe Band, from Western Australia, of which he is president, a bass drum to save on transportation costs.
And the band went one step further with band secretary Alec Bingham offering the services of his Little Lever sign-writing company, AB Memorials and Signs, which put the Aussie band’s name on the side of the drum.
Now Jasmin, aged 50, is in Glasgow with her brother preparing for the competition.
She said: “We are soaking up the fantastic atmosphere here in Glasgow.
“We are practising hard because I will be playing with the band after all so I'm the one getting tips from my brother.
“George has played in the competition before. The whole day is electric, the park is full of hundreds of bands from all over the world.
“We are sharing a hotel with Swiss, Mexican and South African bands.
“There are almost 10,000 musicians taking part and Glasgow has welcomed us with very warm friendly hospitality.
“George and I love playing the pipes. It's our way of keeping our traditions and heritage alive even though we no longer live in Scotland.
“We have had a couple of practice runs at Dundonald and Perth highland games and our best result was third in our grade. Wish us luck!”
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