Published: July 31, 2002

78th Frasers Likely To Compete at Dundonald Games

The 78th Fraser Highlanders is aiming to compete at the Dundonald Highland Games in Ayrshire, Scotland, on August 3rd.

The band had planned to play at the larger Bridge of Allan games near Stirling, but the event was cancelled on July 30th due to flooding of the grounds. Bands often consider Bridge of Allan a final tune-up and something of a foreshadowing contest for success at the World Pipe Band Championships the following week.

The 78th Frasers had invested considerable time and money to get to Scotland to compete at Bridge of Allan, and when the contest was cancelled the band reconsidered the schedule, choosing Dundonald over North Berwick and Inverkeithing, both held on the same day.

It is believed that several upper tier Grade 1 bands, including the Strathclyde Police and David Urquhart Travel, will also compete at Dundonald.

Bill Livingstone, 78th Frasers Pipe-Major, indicated to Piper & Drummer Online that both the Bridge of Allan organizing committee and the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association have gone out of their way to explain the situation to his band, and, in the case of the RSPBA, to come up with alternatives.

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