Wellington Pipers’ Club results / Alex Duncan funeral

Prizewinners and judges at Saturday's competitions.
Prizewinners and judges at Saturday’s competitions.

Stuart Easton and Willliam Rowe were the prizewinners at Wellington Pipers’ Club’s annual solo piping competitions held at Scots College in the New Zealand city on Saturday.

The competitions were held in person due to the New Zealand government’s success in handling the cornovarius pandemic.

Easton, of Palmerston North won the Brown Cup March, Strathspey, Reel, the Hornpipe & Jig and Slow Air competitons while Rowe, of Itiku, lifted the Everest Cup for Piobaireachd.


Ceòl Mòr (The Everest Cup) – 1. Willliam Rowe; 2. Stuart Easton; 3. Scott Armstrong; 4. Jordan Johnston.
Judge: John Hanning and Iain Hines.

Light Music (The Brown Cup) – 1. Stuart Easton; 2. Adam Michie; 3. Lewis McDonald; 5. Willliam Rowe.
Judges: Graeme Bilsland and Ross Hanning.

The funeral of Alex Duncan, who died on September 12 from a suspected blood disorder, takes place in Pitlochry tomorrow (29th). Due to Scottish Government coronavirus mitigation guidelines, the service will be private.

The funeral cortège will then proceed down the town’s Atholl Road at 1.00pm for friends to mark their respect. A large representation from the pipe band world, including members of Fife Police Scotland, the Vale of Atholl and Grampian Police pipe bands, is expected.

Alex will be laid to rest at Fonab Cemetery where his uncle Gordon, who died in 2005, lies.

Alex’ family has set up a fund for Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA) in his name. The fundraiser began last Friday and over £5,000 has so far been donated. Donations can be made here and here.