Struan wins silver in top competition

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A young piper with Grampian Police Pipe Band has secured a notable success in one of the most prestigious solo piping competitions in the world.

Struan Moffat (17), a care assistant from Laurencekirk, who has been playing the pipes for six years, took the silver medal in the under 18 section of the Northern Meeting Piping Competition held at Eden Court, Inverness on Saturday.

Entry to the competition, which has been going on for over 200 years, attracts top players from all over the world and is open to those of the highest calibre.

It was his first time competing at this level.

Struan who has been a member of Grampian Police Pipe Band for the past three years said: “I’m absolutely delighted, it’s the best result I’ve had playing in the solos so far. I thought I’d played well and wasn’t too nervous despite the quality of the players competing.”

Struan dedicated his award to his late grandmother, Brenda Currie, who died on September 11, 2000. It had been her dream that one day her grandson would compete at the Northern Meeting.

In total 19 players competed in the March, Strathspey and Reel category with Struan coming second behind eventual winner Sandy Cameron from Roybridge.

Struan returns to playing with the police band when they return from their summer break at the start of October.

Pipe Major Colin Walker said: “We’re really proud of Struan’s achievements. The Northern Meeting is one of the most prestigious solo competitions in the world and this is quite an accolade for young Struan.”