October 31, 2003

BG: Bratach Gorm = Bruce Gandy

London – October 25,2003 – Bruce Gandy of Halifax, Nova Scotia, won the Bratach Gorm (Blue Banner) for piobaireachd at the annual competitions run by the Scottish Pipers Society of London in the shadow of Hampton Court. By winning the Bratach and the Highland Society of London’s Gold Medals at the Northern Meeting and the Argyllshire Gathering, Gandy has won three of piping’s greatest prizes in the space of only fourteen months.

The Bratach Gorm is reserved for pipers who have won any of the Gold Medals, the Dunvegan Medal at Portree, or the Open Piobaireachd at London.

Willie McCallum of Bearsden, Scotland, gained the most aggregate points to be named the Champion Piper of the day. He won the Open Piobaireachd, the A Grade March, and was second in the Hornpipe & Jig.

Bratach Gorm
1st Bruce Gandy
2nd James Murray, Lochgelly, Fife
3rd Willie McCallum
4th Roderick MacLeod, Glasgow
5th Robert Wallace, Glasgow
Judges: Iain MacFadyen, James Young, John Wilson

Open Piobaireachd (Gillies Cup)
1st Willie McCallum
2nd Chris Armstrong, Bathgate, Scotland
3rd Roderick MacLeod
4th Stuart Shedden, Glasgow
5th Gordon Walker, Kilmarnock, Scotland
Judges: Malcolm McRae, Walter Drysdale

A Grade March (J.B Robertson March)
1st Willie McCallum
2nd Gordon Walker
3rd Iain Speirs, Edinburgh
4th Roderick MacLeod

Former Winners MSR (London Medallion)
1st Gordon Walker
2nd Willie McCallum
3rd Roderick MacLeod
4th Iain Speirs
Judges: Iain MacFadyen, James Young, John Wilson

Hornpipe & Jig (Beaton Cup)
1st Chris Armstrong
2nd Willie McCallum
3rd Roderick MacLeod


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