Lathallan Pipe Band off to Belgium


Twenty eight members of Lathallan Pipe Band will be joining The Scottish Weekend at Alden Biesen in Bilzen this weekend.

Thé international event from tomorrow (Friday) until Sunday is for Scotland-enthusiasts and Celtic culture lovers.

The unique Scots market is part of the Scottish Weekend. Visitors can relish in all Scotland and the Celtic culture have to offer.

About 20.000 Scotland lovers come down to Alden Biesen every year to witness the Belgian Pipe Band Championship, the folk festival, the highland dance competition, the highland games, the sheep herding, the animation, the food, the drinks ánd the Scottish Market.

The Lathallan School Pipe Band has a long history, and many pupils have enjoyed learning to play the chanter, pipes and drums within the castle walls.

A spokesperson said: ‘‘In recent years the pipe band has grown to over 30 boys and girls, as pupils recognise the importance of taking part in the amazing musical opportunities available in this high-profile band.

‘‘The band performed for he Duke of Kent in 2005 as part of the school’s 75th anniversary celebrations, and the Duke of York when he visited Montrose to unveil the statue of ‘Bamse’, the dog who sailed with the Norwegian Navy during World War II.

‘‘In 2008, the band undertook its first foreign tour when it was invited to play at Honningsvag, in the far north of Norway, at the official unveiling of the Norwegian statue of ‘Bamse.’’

The band frequently plays at events across the north-east of Scotland, including opening the Angus Show, and appearing at the Drumtochy Games, the Diamond Jubilee celebrations at Glamis Castle and the annual Armistice Day Parade in Montrose.

The school’s rugby sevens tournament in April, is always opened by the band.