Dougie Murray, the Pipe Major of Scottish Grade 1 pipe band, Police Scotland Fife, is stepping down from the role.
The Double Gold Medallist will remain with the band as it seeks to find his successor. The Fife piper has been Pipe Major of the band since since 2013.
A statement from the band read: “Regrettably, we announce that Pipe Major Douglas Murray has informed the band of his decision to step back as Pipe Major, but will remain as a playing member to support transition of leadership. P/M Murray has led the band since July 2013 establishing its reputation for excellence in music and achieving regular top six finishes in major championships in recent years. … On behalf of the band, our families and supporters, thank you Pipe Major for all of your efforts over your tenure at the helm.”
Dougie said: “Due to work and family commitments I have decided to step back as P/M of the band.
“I would like to thank the management team for all their hard work and support they have given me during my time as pipe major and especially the band and everyone that has played along side me over the passed eight years.
“We have played some great music and won some great prizes. I will always be there for the band in what ever capacity I am needed and will be on hand to assist with a steady transition with the new leader.
“I would like to especially thank my leading drummer, Mick O’ Neill who has always been 100% committed to myself and the band and has been so great to work with.”
Murray’s brother, James was the band’s first Pipe Major. Andrew Mathieson took over in 2011 before handing over to Dougie in 2013.