Following discussions with what will be an amalgamated Council area in 2014 the Co Down Section has decided to stage the championships in Lurgan at Lurgan Park on the 15th June and in the Craigavon Borough for the next three years. While we are sad at leaving Banbridge we look forward to using Lurgan Park which is a large expansive area in the centre of Lurgan, and indeed working with the Craigavon Borough Council and local traders on these promotions.
Mervyn Herron Secretary
Just a reminder again that the venue for the Co Down Championships this Saturday 16th June will be Banbridge Academy grounds on the Lurgan Road.
Car parking will be on the lower pitches in front of the school with the contests taking place up top pitches. There will be no access to general traffic to the upper grounds because of space.
A location map is attached for information.
Drum Major Dress will be 11am
The Annual Co Down Championships were held this year in Newcastle, to help facilitate the Ulster in Banbridge on the 6th August. As usual this is a venue that holds great pleasure for the bands and a large groups of supporters.
We had a dry quite warm day to enjoy at the foothills of the Mournes
Results sre attached
Local and International Piping Stars to Strut their stuff in ONE-NIGHT-ONLY Fundraiser Event
The Banbridge Pipe Band proudly presents 'A Night O' Blow-ins', a one-time-only of local and international prize-winning soloists. Being held at the Banbridge Rugby Club in Banbridge, Co. Down, on Saturday, 07 August 2010, the night of good craic and great piping will feature Alex Gandy of Halifax, Canada, Kevin Rogers of Kilkeel, Northern Ireland, Jonathan Greenlees of Lisburn, Northern Ireland, and Ian Lyons, a native of Banbridge and now from Melbourne, Australia.
'We are so honoured and excited to have these four fantastic pipers perform at our event,' says Meaghan Proudfoot, event organizer and Banbridge Pipe Band member. 'There is such an excellent array of superstar soloists in Northern Ireland that week for the PipeUP! Festival and we want to wrap the week up with a laid back event that¹s all about good craic and great piping.'
All four pipers are donating their time and talent to help the Banbridge Pipe Band raise funds for new uniforms. Each is a prize-winning soloist and a member of a top grade one competitive pipe band. The evening will have an 'International meets Northern Ireland' theme with each soloist performing a 25-30 minute set of their choosing.
The Banbridge Pipe band was founded in 1952 and continues to serve the community through performances and the teaching of beginning pipers and drummers. Currently led by Pipe Major Leigh Anderson, it competes at the Grade 3B level. Find out more by visiting us online at
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The Outlet at Bridgewater Park Banbridge and Travel Solutions of Belfast have just agreed support for our 8th May street parade after the contest. Both companies are long standing supporters to the Pipe Band Association.
Planning for this new outdoor contest are gathering pace. The Local Council have agreed financial support for this event and all thinks are being put in place. This contest will replace the indoor contest in Banbridge for this year. Solitude Park has been given a face lift recently and because it is in the centre of town it was agreed to promote this event in the new facility. With a parade of the town for great cash prizes in the region of £1000 this event should prove popular with the bands .
It will be a free day for those attending. More details will be issued soon