SPA contests span the generations

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Prize winners from the SPA's Veterans competition in 2007. L-R: Iain MacIntyre,Donald Campbell, Ian Davidson and, holding the Veterans Trophy, Tom Dingwall.
Prize winners from the SPA’s Adult Amateur and Veterans competition in 2007. L-R: Iain MacIntyre,Donald Campbell, Ian Davidson and, holding the Veterans Trophy, Tom Dingwall.

Next weekend is a busy one for the Scottish Pipers’ Association, now celebrating its centenary. Firstly, pipers aged 60+ are being invited to “have a go” at next weekend’s annual Adult Amateur and Veterans Competition organised by the Scottish Pipers’ Association (SPA).

The ‘Veterans’ contest takes place next Friday (September 6) at 7.30pm The National Piping Centre Otago Street. Competitors play a Slow Air and a March of their own choice.

Tom Johnstone, President of the SPA (pictured right), said: “This contest has been going for a long time now and it’s always a friendly and supportive event. There are a lot of competitions for juniors and professional seniors but few for amateur pipers in later years who simply want to have a go, have a wee tune and try for a prize.

“The CLASP is established now, of course, and The Lowland & Border Pipers’ Society has a similar contest category as part of its annual Easter competition. I believe it’s called ‘Seasoned Pipers’. We call ours the ‘Veterans Competition’. There’s even a category for those aged 80 or over.

“If there are any pipers out there who wish to enter please fill in the entry form and send it on to us. It’s a great evening and they’ll be made most welcome.”

The entry form can be downloaded here:

https://bagpipe.news/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Veterans-Entry-form-2019-2.doc

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After the competition, the SPA holds its monthly Club Night where members gather for a social evening and a tune.

The following day, Saturday, September 7 sees the organisation’s annual Juvenile Contest. at the same venue, The National Piping Centre Otago Street, the former College of Piping. Click here to download an entry form. This is followed later that evening by the third heat of the Knockout competition. This heat features Steven Leask and Sarah Muir.

Stuart Liddell won Heat 1 and Callum Beaumont Heat 2. Heat 4 is on October 5 at the same venue. The final takes place next year.