Haddington band up for event awards

Published: July 31, 2009
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The Haddington Pipe Band of East Lothian, Scotland, has been nominated twice in the Scottish Event Awards competition, which honours organizations of all types for staging compelling public events during the year.

The band gained nominations for its creation and organization of “Pipe Idol,” a composing competition to find an “anthem” for East Lothian that was eventually won by Bruce Thompson for his 6/8 march “The Haddington Turnpike.”

The Haddington Pipe Band went on to feature the tune in an organized series of massed band parades in Tranent, Haddington and North Berwick in early-April, and then a parade in Athelstaneford, Scotland, where the Scottish Saltire flag first appeared in the year 832.

The band is one of two nominated finalists in the “Best Medium-Sized Event” category and one of three finalists in the “Best Traditional Event” section.

The awards will be announced at a ceremony in Glasgow on September 11. The band’s Pipe-Major, David Leckie, said, “This is a national competition which attracts entries from professional event managers and large companies throughout Scotland, so for a small group of volunteers to be recognized in this way is really outstanding.”

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