The Cowal Highland Gathering marks the end of the pipe band world’s competitive season. Strathclyde police managed to finish fifth out of thirteen at this year’s event.
The band was formed in 1883, although at that time they were known as the Burgh of Govan Police Pipe Band. The pipe band is of particular historical note as it was one of the first non-military pipe bands to be formed.
Currently headed by Pipe Major Duncan Nicholson, the Strathclyde Police Pipe Band has a prestigious history, having won the World Pipe Band Championships 21 times since their inception.
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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