Prizewinners at last year's Duncan Johnstone Memorial Competition flanked by Duncan's two sons.
Prizewinners at last year’s Duncan Johnstone Memorial Competition flanked by Duncan’s two sons.

The Duncan Johnstone Memorial Piping Competition is the latest piping event to fall victim to concerns over the Coronavirus outbreak.

The competition, organised by The National Piping Centre (NPC), was due to take place tomorrow.

The NPC said today in a statement: “The extremely difficult decision has been taken to postpone the Duncan Johnstone competition that was due to take place tomorrow, Saturday 14th March. This is due to the ongoing global situation with coronavirus Covid-19. 

“We are looking to reschedule this event for a later date this year. I will be in touch as soon as possible with the alternative arrangements and a new date.

“Apologies again for the late notice, but as more events have been cancelled in the piping world in the last 24 hours we felt that it was also prudent to postpone this event.” 

The competition commemorates the late Duncan Johnstone, an outstanding piper and composer of the 20th century. Duncan died in 1999.