Published: August 31, 2004

L&B Police, Boghall split North Berwick

North Berwick, Scotland – August 7, 2004 – The Lothian & Borders Police and Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia each won the two band events at the North Berwick Highland Games on Scotland’s east coast, with the Western Australia Police (WAPOL) finishing second in both the medley and MSR.

Lothian & Borders Police were disqualified in the medley event because a piper who started at the line ducked out after a reed fell into his bag. RSPBA rules state that all of a band’s players who are with the band at the trigger have to enter the contest field, even if they don’t play. The band reportedly also played well in the medley.

WAPOL impressed many at the event, and one listener said the band has “a hell of a pipe section. Their piping is in with the big boys.”

Bands were allowed to play up a grade.

MSR
1st Lothian & Borders Police (Scotland)
2nd Western Australia Police (Australia)
3rd City of Washington (USA)
4th Torphichen & Bathgate (Scotland)

Medley
1st Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia (Scotland)
2nd Western Australia Police
3rd City of Washington
4th Drambuie-Kirkliston (Scotland)

Fourteen pipers competed in the solo events, which were reserved for players graded A and B by the Competing Pipers Association, which helped run the event. First prizes of £300 were given, making the contest one of biggest monetary events in the U.K.

Piobaireachd
1st Glenn Brown, Shotts, Scotland
2nd P-M Michael Gray, The Highlanders
3rd Brian Donaldson, Newburgh, Scotland
4th Jenny Hazzard, Edinburgh
Judges: John Burgess, Hugh MacCallum

MSR (twice over)
1st Brian Donaldson
2nd John Patrick, Denny, Scotland
3rd Glenn Brown
4th Colin MacLellan, Edinburgh
Judges: Tom Speirs, Gavin Stoddart

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