Pipe bands belt it out in competition

LAUREN HAYES
Last updated 05:00 27/01/2014
Pipes in the Park
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The City of Invercargill Grade One Pipe Band performs at the Pipes in the Park competition.

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There were kilts, sporrans and pipes galore, but the park was missing at this year's Pipes in the Park.

Six pipe bands from across Southland competed in the event yesterday afternoon, held at the City of Invercargill Caledonian Pipe Band hall for the first time.

Southland centre president Judy Ward said the annual event had been shifted from its usual home at Queens Park to the hall because rain had been forecast.

However, the rain held off, and dozens of spectators, including a couple from Hamilton, gathered outside the hall to watch bands perform on the lawn.

City of Invercargill Highland Pipe Band president Murray Fraser said the competition was preparation for national championships this year, as well as a chance for Southlanders to see the bands in action.

Mr Fraser believed the southern pipe band community had been getting bigger, with more younger pupils taking drum or piping lessons at school.

The Invercargill band had grown from about 25 registered players four years ago to about 80 this year, he said.

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- The Southland Times

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