Lathallan Pipe Band travel to Belgium

Lathallan Pipe Band travelled to Belgium at the beginning of the month for a two day trip.
Lathallan Pipe Band travelled to Belgium at the beginning of the month for a two day trip.

Twenty eight members of Lathallan Pipe Band joined the Scottish Weekend at Alden Biesen in Bilzen at the beginning of September.

They came seventh in the competition and were the only pipe band with junior members.

It was the international event for Scotland enthusiasts and Celtic culture lovers. The unique Scottish market is part of the weekend when visitors can relish all Scotland and the Celtic culture have to offer.

About 20.000 Scotland lovers travel to Alden Biesen every year to witness the Belgian Pipe Band Championship, folk festival, highland dance competition, highland games, sheep herding, animation, food, drinks ánd the Scottish Market.

The Lathallan School Pipe Band has a long history, and many pupils have enjoyed learning to play the chanter, pipes and drums within the castle walls.

In recent years the band has grown to over 30 boys and girls, as pupils recognise the importance of taking part in the amazing musical opportunities available in this high-profile group.

The band performed for HRH The Duke of Kent in 2005 as part of the school’s 75th anniversary celebrations and before HRH The Duke of York when he visited Montrose to unveil the statue of ‘Bamse’, the dog who sailed with the Norwegian Navy during World War II.

In 2008 the band undertook its first foreign tour when it was invited to play at Honningsvag, in the far north of Norway, at the official unveiling of the Norwegian statue of ‘Bamse’.

The band frequently plays at events across the north-east of Scotland, including opening the Angus Show, appearing at Drumtochy Games, the Diamond Jubilee celebrations at Glamis Castle and Armistice Day Parade in Montrose.