World Pipe Band Championships
Newtownards pipe band Dr Wright Memorial - celebrating its seventy- fifth anniversary this year - received a super birthday present on Saturday at Glasgow after competing in the 15th world's pipe band championships.
The outfit won grade four and completed an excellent double by also winning the percussion award.
Cottown Pipe, also from North Down, came second in the same grade.
Bleary and District from the Craigavon area almost repeated the Dr Wright Memorial's achievement in Grade Three, in which they were second and won the drumming section.
Alan McBride, from Kilkeel, retained the senior title in the senior drum majors' class and Paula Braiden, a member of the Bready band from near Strabane, won the junior section.
Novice Juvenile - 1 Bucksburn and District, 74.75; 2 McKenzie Caledonia, 68; 3 1st St Andrew's B.B., 64.50; 4 Dunoon Grammar School, 64; 5 Boghall and Bathgate Caledonia, 58, also drums, 15.75 and bass section, 28; 6 George Watson's College, 56.75. Best overseas - St Benedict's (South Africa), 35.25.
Grade Four - 1 Dr Wright Memorial (Newtownards), 80, also drums, 14, bass se ction, and special crystal vase; 2 Cottown, 74; 3 Carrigaline, 71.25; 4 North Belfast, 70.25; 5 Major Sinclair Memorial, 68.50; 6 Stonehaven, 65. Best overseas - Carrigaline (Eire).
Juvenile - 1 Lochgelly High School, 82.50; 2 R Malcolm Memorial, 79.75; 3 Prince Charles Junior 68.75; 4 Inverness Schools, 65.50; 5 McNaughton's Vale of Athol, 62.25; 6 Transcona and District, 56. Drums - Boghall and Bathgate Caledonia, 18, also bass section. Best overseas - R Malcolm Memorial (Canada), 79.75.
Grade Three - 1 Milton Optimist (Canada), 92.25; 2 Bleary and District, 89, also drums, 17.25; 3 St Mary's Derrytrasna (Lurgan), 88; 4 North Coast (USA), 85. …