The results of the Final contest of the season at Portrush are attached
The final contest to be held by the branch has ended in sunny Portrush. The event was a huge success again with large crowds in the town and at the contest arenas. We started at 1130am and performances continued until around 4pm. The senior final of our drum majors was then held in the main arena. The finale while a little slow to start which was understandable ended with our parade of world champions this received rapturous applause from a very vocal audience. So we did not stop there after the mayor got her salute as chieftain and the prizes presented we went on the usual street parade of Portrush. Where I was standing the crowds were 20 deep in places they went wild when the bands marched past it was a great end to the season. My thanks to all who made it possible to our sound engineer Colin and the people who bring the seating unit we are greatful to you all.
We sincerely thank the Duncan, Byrne, and Black families for the donation of memorial trophies we accept them with grateful thanks.
Season over where did it go, well now we plan 2016 on your behalf thank you all.
With the final competition of the season on Saturday it's time for an update on the current standing in the NI Branch Champion of Champions competition. You can look at the current tables here. A reminder that if the points totals are tied the winner is determined by the highest number of first places and if still tied by the result at the Ulster Championships. With that in mind the current list of Bands and Drum Majors still in contention are as follows:
Grade 1: Cullybackey
Grade 2: Bleary & District
Grade 3A: Closkelt (Annsborough not attending Portrush means that Closkelt can not be caught.)
Grade 3B: Upper Crossgare (A Colmcille win on Saturday would put them level on points and first places but Upper Crossgare's win at the Ulster would see them take the title anyway.)
Grade 4A: Marlacoo & District
Grade 4B: Portavogie
Grade 1: Cullybackey
Grade 2: Bleary & District and PSNI (PSNI need to win to take the title, any other result and Bleary & District have it.)
Grade 3A: Ballybriest
Grade 3B: Upper Crossgare
Grade 4A: Marlacoo & District
Grade 4B: Portavogie (A McDonald Memorial win would tie the points and the number of first places but Portavogie's result at the Ulster would see them through.)
Adult: Lauren Hanna
Juvenile: Lauren Abraham and Zoe McDowell (Zoe needs to win at Portrush, any other result and Lauren takes the prize.)
Junior: Lana Gibson
Novice: Kathy Hunter and Abigail Wenlock (Abigail, like Zoe in the Juvenile grade, needs to win otherwise Kathy takes the title.)
A decision has been taken in conjunction with the PSNI that every other band on the street parade will be diverted into Causeway Street in order to avoid bottlenecks and congestion at the end of the parade at Eglington Street. Bands that are diverted will be required to disperse prior to Victoria Street where the police diversion for traffic will be in place. Stewards will be on duty along with PSNI Officers so please follow their directions.
Drum Majors please note that maces are not permitted to be thrown whilst on the street parade.
Thank you for your assistance in these matters which have been put in please to ensure the health and safety of all
Today marks the start of the annual exodus to the World Championships in Glasgow for many of our Bands, Drum Majors and supporters.
All at RSPBANI want to wish every success to all our Bands and Drum Majors and trust that all in our Pipe Band Community have a really enjoyable weekend whatever the outcome. We are extremely proud of you all, you represent Northern Ireland supremely well and we look forward to seeing you at Portrush.
Finvoy are running a coach trip to the Worlds but unfortunately two passengers had to cancel their booking with them at the last minute.If you are interested these are the details and who to contact.
- Trip from Friday to Sunday- Price £185 including bus, hotel and admission to Worlds on Sat 15-Bus picking up in Magherafelt, Kilrea and Ballymoney enroute to Belfast.
Anyone interested please contact:Paul Cameron 07753 405563
The Ulster Championships for 2015 are over for another year. With an excellent scenic venue of Kilbroney Park Rostrevor and some great support from Newry Mourne and Down District Council we finished with a very successful event on many fronts. Our grateful thanks to the team from Council and Parks, who did all they could to ensure the event was a great success. To the New Zealand Police for their attendance, which enhanced the event greatly, and we are grateful to Emmett Conway for bringing the band over to compete. The Council had agreed to nominate local man Eddie Mullen of Annsborough Pipe Band to act as Chieftain, a role he was delighted to accept. The warmth of his reception at the finale was clear to be seen and i am sure it is a day he will never forget. Well done Eddie! The Council Vice Chair Gillian Fitzpatrick spoke to the gathering before handing over the awards.
Over all with some intense work over the last few weeks it was i think a success story with good planning and managed on the day. We move on to the final local event at Portrush.