Vindication at Dunbar for Lothian & Borders Police
Dunbar, Scotland – May 13, 2000 – The Lothian & Borders Police Pipe Band, under pressure to do well in Grade 2 after the RSPBA upheld the band’s demotion from Grade 1 despite an influx of stellar personnel, easily won the Grade 2 event here today. The band also finished a solid third in the Grade 1 contest, placed ahead by a sizable margin over several established Grade 1 bands.
McNaughton’s Vale of Atholl started their season on a strong note by winning Grade 1, while the Grade 2 list included three of the four bands demoted from Grade 1 after the 1999 season, thus foreshadowing a very tightly contested category for 2000.
Dysart & Dundonald, under new Pipe Major Brian Lamond, showed improvement by finishing fourth.
Even with Lothian & Borders Police good showing playing up in the Grade 1 contest, some at the event thought the band deserved a higher placing. Grampian Police, also demoted to Grade 2, played well in the Grade 1 event, tying Glasgow Skye for 5th, but besting them in piping.
Weather was bright, but windy.
1st Vale of Atholl (90.25 points)
2nd Boghall & Bathgate (86.75)
3rd Lothian & Borders Police (84.5)
4th Dysart & Dundonald (82)
Best Drum Corps: Boghall
Judges: G. Lumsden (piping), J. Kennedy (drumming)
1st Lothian & Borders Police (91.5)
2nd Polkemmet (86)
3rd Grampian Police (78)
4th Bucksburn & District (77.5)
5th Newtongrange (75.5)
Best Drum Corps: Lothian & Borders Police
Judges: A. Ronaldson (piping), J. Hutton (drumming)
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