The 2010 pipe band world champions St Laurence O’Toole competed yesterday at the Cowal Highland Gathering, placing fourth overall in the grade one competition.
The pipe band regularly place in the top six in the five major pipe band competitions – the European, British, Cowal, Scottish and World Championships – and this year was no different.
The band have existed for 111 years and were promoted to grade one in 1989. Led by Pipe Major Terry Tully, last year St Laurence O’Toole broke a ten year tradition by beating the usual top three - Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band, Simon Fraser University Pipe Band, and the House of Edgar Shotts and Dykehead – to the world title.
The full Cowal Gathering grade one pipe band results were as follows:
1st - Field Marshal Montgomery
2nd - Inveraray and District
3rd - Boghall and Bathgate
4th - St Laurence O'Toole
5th - Strathclyde Police
6th - Scottish Power
7th - The House of Edgar Shotts and Dykehead
8th - Fife Constabulary
9th - Cullybackey
10th - Lothian and Borders Police
11th - Torphichen and Bathgate
12th - Dysart and Dundonald
13th - Robert Wiseman Dairies Vale of Atholl
The winning band was presented their award by Taggart Star Blythe Duff, the chieftain of this year's gathering.
Over 150 pipe bands competed in this year’s event, from novice juveniles through to grade one champions. The event also played host to the World Highland Dancing Competition plus various heavy athletic events.
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