Lochore Meadows Country Park hosted its first ever Pipe Band Contest today and saw hundreds of visitors in the beautiful surroundings of the Park enjoy listening to some of Scotland’s top Bands including the Vale of Athol, Scottish Power and City of Edinburgh compete alongside local Bands Kelty and Blairadam, and Lochgelly High School Novice Juvenile Bands.
Chieftain Cllr Willie Clarke welcomed all the Bands to the event and said he was ‘delighted’ with the number of Bands that had entered into the first ever competition to be held at Lochore Meadows.
Organiser of the event Allan Shields said; “The event would not be possible without the help and assistance of Fife Council, the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, our sponsors and the volunteers from the local community”.
Willie Clarke said; “It is fitting that this event is held in the Park the site of former coal mines given that in years gone by it was the local mines and pits that supported the bands in this area by each miner contributing from their wages. It is great that we have so many young bands coming through in the area and I think the success of the event today means we will see this contest continue and grow”.
Local MSP Alex Rowley congratulated the Benarty Events Group for organising the event and said; “The amount of people who were in the Park to enjoy this first ever contest showed the enthusiasm and support there is and everyone had a really great day. Fife Council has been doing a lot to promote piping in the schools and we are seeing the growth of Pipe Bands across our communities”.