A piping boost

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Arran has a proud piping tradition. So it is great to see that a whole new generation of youngsters are to be given the chance to learn the pipes and drums for free.

The island has an excellent senior pipe band and how great it would be to have a junior pipe band to join them. Of course for the project to be successful enough youngsters have to want to give their time and energy to want to learn the instruments. And while, on Arran, there are a lot of competing activities vying for children’s attention, we believe that such is the island’s musical tradition there will be plenty of takers.

Of course, none of this could have happened without the support of the Scottish Schools Pipes and Drums Trust and other donations and they are to be commended for their work introducing piping and drumming tuition to state schools across Scotland and encouraging the formation of schools pipe bands.

The big day for pipe bands on Arran is the Brodick Highland Games and maybe 2018 will see a new band proudly taking part.