Gilnahirk Pipe Band

Formed 1919

European Pipe Band Championships 2012 - Stormont Estate

Saturday 28th July 2012 saw the last of three trips across the Irish Sea for the European Pipe Band Championships, one of the "Majors" which together are used to decide the Supreme Champions in each of the Grades.

Unfortunately, due to some lacklustre promotion, it seems that the crowds this year were signifcantly down on previous years - notwithstanding the fact that Gilnahirk appeared briefly on the ITV Daybreak programme on the Friday preceding!

The Band was drawn to play number 4 at 15.41 - clashing for the second successive year with the Grade One contest, and thus assuring us of even more meagre crowds.

The Band was further hit with bad luck when one of our most faithful pipers, Margaret, fell victim to a rather nasty accident on the night before the contest, making it impossible for her to play. Get well soon!

Despite the ill fortune, the Band played with heads high and again received a few pleasing comments on the Judges' sheets and will return to the practice rooms with plenty still to work on.

All in all, it was a good day and it is always pleasing to get to walk onto the Grand Finale in your home town to the cheers of supporters. Now back to practice!