Stonehaven Pipe Band have been named as beneficiaries from the estate of a local woman who passed away last year.
The band has decided to use the funds bequeathed by Miss Margaret Allan to purchase jackets and several other smaller items of kit for the younger members.
Pipe Major Andy Meehan said: ‘‘We had plenty of jackets to kit out adults, but not enough for younger, and smaller-built members.
“These jackets will help maintain the smartness of the band and also help with our performance, as poorly fitting uniform can easily distract a player. It has taken a bit of time to get these items, as we needed to decide what was priority, and then there was a bit of a hold-up at the tailors, but the wait was worth it and we are very happy with the result’’
The band recently competed at Aberdeen Highland Games for the first time in a number of years, with all but two members never having competed before, and for a first outing they were pleased with the results.
Mr Meehan added: “Competition is seen as a key element in the learning process. By comparing yourself with other bands, you can see how well you are progressing, and the comments given by the adjudicators can often be very useful pointers for improvement.
‘‘The band is limited in numbers at present, the greatest proportion being younger members. New blood is always welcome, both pipers and drummers.’’
Leading drummer Ranald Cameron commented: “We are particularly low in numbers in the drummers, a couple of promising young players having moved away. We welcome any experienced players and also beginners, and full tuition will be given.
‘‘Tuition for pipers and drummers is free. In particular, we need a regular bass drummer, as our current one helps out when he can, but we need someone who can make the commitment to regularly attend practices, engagements and competitions.”
Contact the band on firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07811-778710 if interested.
The band will be playing at the Johnshaven Fish Festival in August, as well as the Fireballs ceremony at Hogmanay.