Coronavirus: SPA, LBPS, RSPS events postponed/cancelled

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More piping events have been either postponed or cancelled due to the concerns over the Coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19).

The Scottish Pipers’ Association’s two competitions have been postponed and its forthcoming monthly Club Night has been cancelled. All three were due to take place at the National Piping Centre’s campuses in Glasgow.

In addition, the Lowland & Border Pipers’ Society’s annual competition has been postponed. A spokesman told BagpipeNews the organisation is looking at holding the competition later this year, possibly at the same time as its annual conference. This competition was also due to take place in Glasgow (at The National Piping Centre Otago Street).

In Edinburgh, the Royal Scottish Pipers’ Society has advised its members that all its activities have been suspended for the time being.

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Logan Tannock, President of the Scottish Pipers’ Association, said: “It is with regret and after much discussion that the committee … made the decision to postpone both the Adult Amateur competition on Sunday March 29th and the Professional competitions on Saturday April 11th. The committee have also cancelled the club night on Friday April 3rd.

“The committee will in the near future discuss alternative dates and will announce them in due course. The committee felt that in light of the Coronovirus information being given at this time that we could not responsibly run these events.”

Organisers of the forthcoming CLASP competition, due to take place at The National Piping Centre on March 29, are looking into the logistics of utilising Skype/FaceTime in order for its competition to go ahead.