As Peoples Ford celebrate their 40th year in business and Peoples Ford Boghall & Bathgate celebrate the 50th Anniversary of their first competitive performance, both are delighted to announce a new two-year sponsorship agreement.
This new partnership solidifies the status of the band as one of Peoples Ford’s key community relationships and leads to a new era of collaboration between both organisations, including enhanced digital, social media & video content which has just launched as the first of a five-episode Vlog series, the “Vloghall” – episode 1 below.
This formal partnership, now in its 10th year, will enable one of the world’s finest pipe bands to further build on their success and as in previous years, will cover the Grade 1 and Novice band sections.
Band President, Grant Walker, reflected on the renewal of the sponsorship agreement stating: “By extending our sponsorship agreement to cover the next two years, it allows the band the means to invest in top quality assets, play attractive music, connect with our audience and present both our organisation and Peoples Ford in a positive manner on the competition field and beyond. Our long-term vision and proven track record of harnessing the power, passion and enthusiasm that comes from our youth development programme has been amply demonstrated by the recent promotion of Kerr McQuillan to Leading Drummer of our Grade One band and with complete oversight of all percussion matters. The ease of this transition and the renewal process that comes with new leadership has been greatly assisted by the consistent and welcome financial support afforded to us by Peoples Ford and we’re all looking forward to a successful year as a consequence”.
On the announcement, Pipe Major Ross Harvey said: “The band are delighted to be able to continue to carry the Peoples Ford name through this extended partnership agreement. The support they give us is invaluable to our survival and success – we literally couldn’t be without Peoples Ford. This has never been truer than in the current climate. In the first competition season under our new Leading Drummer Kerr McQuillan, this show of support from Peoples Ford for his appointment is overwhelming.”
Brian Gilda, Chairman of Peoples Ford said: “Peoples Ford are thrilled to continue our sponsorship of the Peoples Ford Boghall and Bathgate Caledonia Pipe Band, as we celebrate our 40th anniversary alongside their remarkable 50th anniversary milestone. We take immense pride in our ongoing commitment to supporting the pipe band and its flourishing success. Notably we extend our heartfelt congratulations to the talented Kerr McQuillan on his appointment as the Leading Drummer – a testament to his exceptional skill and dedication. This achievement exemplifies our shared values of nurturing young talent and providing opportunities for growth. As Peoples Ford continues to champion this great partnership, we remain steadfast in our support of the pipe band’s valuable training programme, which inspires and encourages aspiring musicians to embrace the beauty and heritage of this cherished tradition. Together, we are dedicated to enriching our community through the power of music and fostering a legacy that will resonate for generations to come.”
Through the new Vloghall series, we look forward to taking you behind the scenes during the coming weeks and months to show you how the band is preparing for the 2023 competition season, and how the support from Peoples Ford allows us to continue our teaching and local community work.