On Tuesday, May 19, 2009 we reported that...

THOUSANDS of people flocked to Levengrove Park on Saturday for the 100 Pipers Scottish Pipe Band Championships.

With the weather staying dry for most of the afternoon it meant that the “phenomenal” spectacle went off with a bang. Despite high hopes for the area’s bands, it was a day of mixed fortunes, which saw Dumbarton and District just miss out on the silverware, with rivals Lomond and Clyde pipping them to a placing.

The junior section of the Dumbarton band finished in 9th position while the senior section was 7th, with senior drum major Billy Jordan finishing in 6th place. But Lomond and Clyde, which is a newly formed band, was delighted to finish in 6th place and receive a medal, while drum major Brian Wilson scooped the title for the second year running.

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West Dunbartonshire Provost Denis Agnew, who was also the Pipeband Championship Chieftain, believes that Saturday’s event was one of the best yet.

He told the Reporter: “It was absolutely outstanding and although the weather was changeable it was an amazing day.

“The quality of the bands is just phenomenal and is certainly going towards being the best yet.

“We had visitors over from the French town of Beauvoisin and they were left stunned and overwhelmed by the spectacle of the whole thing. It could not be the championships it is without the people from the area. The park looked great, Dumbarton looked great and I was very proud.”

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