Boghall & Bathgate crosses Glasgow Green finish line to gain ?2500
A strong finish at Glasgow Green is what every Grade 1 band hopes for, and that’s exactly what members and supporters of the Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia Pipe Band gained when they cycled into their final destination on a fundraising cycling journey from Edinburgh to Glasgow on June 3rd.
The band held the sponsored cycle event as part of its fortieth anniversary year. Pipe-Major Ross Walker sported a limited edition pipes|drums Merino wool cycling jersey, one of only 15 made, donated by the magazine along with a $200 sponsorship. The band said that it has so far counted more than £2500 in donations.
“Our arrival into Glasgow Green is usually on a bus accompanied by rather serious faces, though this time there were lots of smiles on bikers faces with some aching legs and backsides to match,” Walker commented. “We had a terrific day in the saddle with bandsfolk and friends adding yet another entry in the diverse Boghall fundraising logbook. The competitive spirit reared its head early on with an optimistically brisk pace being set on leaving Edinburgh. As the magnitude of what lay ahead hit home the Boghall-peloton slowed to a more manageable speed that saw us tour the highlights of Central Scotland.”
Leading-Drummer Gordon Brown also participated in the event, designed to help the Boghall & Bathgate organization’s teaching programs and travel costs for an active Grade 1 UK season.
The band said that it will continue to accept donations via its online giving page.
Boghall & Bathgate is celebrating 40 years as a pipe band organization with events throughout 2012, including a black-tie gala on May 4th, and staging the prestigious Glasgow Skye Association Pipe Band-promoted “Pre-World’s” concert at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on August 8th. The band unveiled a new logo at the end of 2011.