Torphichen out of gate quickly with victory at Dunbar

Published: May 31, 2010
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Dunbar, Scotland – May 8, 2010 - The “new” Torphichen & Bathgate got its 2010 season off to a fast start by winning the Grade 1 event at the Dunbar Highland Games, the first outdoor contest of the UK season. Under newly appointed Pipe-Major Stuart Shedden, Torphichen bested the Lothian & Borders Police, also under new leadership, with Ian Duncan installed as pipe-major. The Grade 2 Mackenzie Caledonian of Dundee finished third in the Grade 1 contest. Weather was sunny but with a cold wind that made playing and tone challenging.

Grade 1 (four competed)
1st Torphichen & Bathgate
2nd Lothian & Borders Police
3rd Mackenzie Caledonian (Gr2)

Grade 2 (10 competed)
1st Boghall & Bathgate (Juvenile)
2nd Mackenzie Caledonian
3rd George Watson’s School (Juvenile)

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