Markinch continues unorthodox judging tradition

Published: June 30, 2012
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Markinch, Scotland – June 3, 2012 – Michael Elder and Alasdair Henderson took the first prizes at the Markinch Highland Games in Fife, Scotland, a contest that has had a reputation for hiring judges not normally associated with senior solo piping events. This year it was pipe band adjudicator Robert Shepherd who had the opportunity. About 20 contestants participated in very cold but dry conditions.

Piobaireachd
1st Michael Elder
2nd Jonathan Greenlees, Glasgow
3rd Greig Canning, Edinburgh
4th Tracey Williams, Glasgow

Judges:  Colin MacLellan, Andrew Wright

MSR
1st Alasdair Henderson, Glasgow
2nd Gordon McCready, Renfrew
3rd Jonathan Graham, Glasgow
4th Matt Wilson, Edinburgh

Judges:  James Banks, Bob Shepherd

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