March 31, 2008

George Summors, 1938-2008

The well known Scottish piper and piping judge George Summors died on the night of March 11 at the age of 69. He had been in ill health for some time.

Summors, the younger brother of Norman Summors, was best known in his latter years for his work with the RSPBA on its adjudication panel and Music Board. He played in bands with his brother throughout his life, including the now defunct Grade 1 Woolmet & Danderhall Pipe Band, originally named Woolmet Colliery and then Musselburgh British Legion.

With Norman Summors as pipe-major, the band progressed as one of the main top-grade alternatives to the Edinburgh City / Lothian & Borders Police until the 1980s when Woolmet colliery closed, the sponsorship ceased and members of the band regrouped to form the Grade 1 Scottish Gas Pipe Band, also now defunct. The current City of Edinburgh Pipe Band emerged from what was left from the Scottish Gas roster.

George Summors became an RSPBA adjudicator in the late 1970s, and was well regarded by both colleagues and competitors. He served as Chairman of the Adjudicators Panel for several years, until he was forced to retire due to failing health.

Our sympathies go to George Summors’ family and friends at this sad time.




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