Updated: North Berwick – Speirs, Mulhearn in solos; all Boghall in bands

Published: August 31, 2011
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North Berwick, Scotland – August 6, 2011 - Iain Speirs and John Mulhearn won the Piobaireachd and light music, respectively, at the North Berwick games, at which about 14 competed in the senior piping. In an unusual twist, competitors had to play two marches, a strathspey and a reel in an MMSR event. The solo competitions finished under good weather, but heavy rain started in time for the band events.

Piobaireachd
1st Iain Speirs, Edinburgh
2nd Faye Henderson, Kirriemuir, Scotland
3rd Simon McKerrell, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England
4th John Angus Smith, London

Judges: Hugh MacCallum, Ronnie McShannon

MMSR
1st John Mulhearn, Glasgow
2nd Jenny Hazzard, Edinburgh
3rd Simon McKerrell
4th Ben McClamrock, Baltimore

Judges: Walter Cowan, Tom Speirs

The Grade 1 band competition was held in very wet conditions. Boghall & Bathgate won both events, which attracted a strong “overseas” entry.

Grade 1
Medley
1st Boghall & Bathgate (Scotland)
2nd Oran Mor (USA)
3rd Canterbury Caledonian (New Zealand)
4th Dysart & Dundonal (Scotland)

MSR
1st Boghall & Bathgate
2nd Dysart & Dundonald
3rd Canterbury Caledonian
4th St. Thomas Alumni (USA)

Grade 3
1st George Watson’s College (1,1,1,1)
2nd Boghall & Bathgate (3,3,2,2)
3rd Northwest/White Spot United (2,2,3,3)

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  1. JohnnyMac

    Congrats to both the guys. I had the pleasure of hearing their performances as our band (Pasadena Scots) were there to compete in Grade 3. We placed 3rd. The traditional march through town was cancelled due to the rain. Looking very wet for the Bridge of Allan tomorrow :( — John McDonald

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