Last nights members competition brought to a wonderful 2019 to an end for the Eagle Pipers’ Society.
The group playing is flourishing, we listened to some 16 piobaireachds throughout the year-(see the website), we had recitals from young guest players, visits from guests that included the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, but most importantly we had fun. A pie, pint and a tune amongst friends. What’s not to like?
As is now tradition the President,Douglas Gardiner, organised the end of season ‘Fun’ Competition. 12 pipers took part and the handicapped competition was judged by Susanne Speirs and Anna Gardiner, ladies who know a thing or two about piping and pipers!
How does the handicap system work? Who knows. The ladies give a score, Douglas interferes and we get a result. You will see what I mean.
The players were Lachie Dick, Jim Couper, Mikey Upton, Iain Dewar, John Murphy, Ninnian Christie,Gordon Hislop, Andrew Yu, Fergus Perks,Kenny MacBride, George Campbell and Craig Robertson.
There were 3 piping prizes and awards for the best dressed, best breakdown and most entertaining.
There was some great playing, there was some great composing, there were some strange tune names-The Elf’s snow balls, Santas Full Sacks, Beaver Bay, The Willie Hunter to give you a flavour. There were some fancy sweaters, we had flashing lights on the drones and of course we had pies.
At the end of the day the results were
1st Craig Robertson
2nd Fergus Perks
3rd equal George Campbell/Iain Dewar.
Best Breakdown-Iain Dewar
Best Dressed-Gordon Hislop
Most entertaining- George Campbell
The more astute amongst you will have picked up the anomaly of the 3rd placed Iain Dewar also winning the best breakdown. How can that be I hear you ask? Could it be that we had two lady judges who used female logic to reach the decision? A process only understood by women, (everyones a winner) or could it be that Douglas had been bribed with a chocolate finger? Who knows but as they say, the judges word is final and that is that.
What a great night and thanks to Anne and Susanne and all the players who took part.
The Society is taking a short break over the festive period and will resume on Tuesday 21st January.
Merry Christmas and have a great New Year