Inveraray, Boghall lead at North Berwick; Stuarts make a stake

Published: August 10, 2014
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Inveraray_logoNorth Berwick, Scotland – August 9, 2014 – Inveraray & District and Peoples Ford-Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia won the Medley and MSR in Grade 1 at a warm and sunny North Berwick, one of the last precursors to the World Championships. A number of non-UK bands competed, swelling the numbers, and the Stuart Highlanders of Massachusetts, a topic of a grading controversy earlier in the year, showed that it belongs in the top grade by placing ahead of two established Grade 1 bands in the Medley.

Grade 1
Medley
1st Inveraray & District (Scotland) (1,1,1,2)
2nd Peoples Ford-Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia (Scotland) (2,2,2,1)
3rd 78th Fraser Highlanders (Canada) (3,3,3,3)
4th Stuart Highlanders (USA) (6,4,5,4) (enspref)
5th Police Scotland Fife (Scotland) (4,6,4,5)
6th New Zealand Police (5,5,6,6)
Judges: Jim Campbell, John Wilson (piping); Alex Dudgeon (drumming); Peter Snaddon (ensemble)

MSR
1st Peoples Ford-Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia (2,2,1,1) (enspref)
2nd Inveraray & District (1,1,2,2)
3rd Police Scotland Fife (4,4,3,3) (enspref)
4th 78th Fraser Highlanders (3,3,4,4)
5th New Zealand Police (6,5,5,5)
6th Stuart Highlanders (5,9,7,6)
Judges: Gordon Lawrie, G. Wilson (piping); Joe Noble (drumming); Jim Baxter (ensemble

Grade 2 (13 competed)
1st Portland Metro (USA) (2,2,2,4)
2nd St. Thomas Alumni (USA) (1,1,3,7)
3rd George Watson’s College (Scotland) (Juv.) (4,8,1,1)
4th City of Edinburgh (Scotland) (5,3,4,3)
5th George Heriot’s School (Juv.) (Scotland) (6,4,11,2)
6th College of Piping (Gr3) (Canada (9,6,6,5)
Judges: Gordon Lawrie, G. Wilson (piping); Joe Noble (drumming); Jim Baxter (ensemble)

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