Prestonpans school band takes British title

Preston Lodge High School Pipe Band

Preston Lodge High School Pipe Band

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Preston Lodge High School Pipe Band was crowned best of British after taking top honours on Saturday.

The band was placed first in their category, Novice Juvenile, at the British Pipe Band Championships at Bathgate.

The Novice Juvenile Category attracted an entry of 26 youth bands from all over Scotland.

It’s a stunning result for the PL band in only their second season competing.

Pipe Major Lee Moore said: “It is a fantastic result and one that the guys thoroughly deserve. They have worked really hard over the winter and come on leaps and bounds and it’s brilliant that they’ve been rewarded for that commitment. A great start to the season.”

The Preston Lodge drummers, tutored by Simon Grant and led by Kerilee Doran, also took first place in drumming.

The PL band’s win at Bathgate follows hard on the heels of their victory at Dunbar on May 17, where they also came first in Novice Juvenile.

PL Head teacher Gavin Clark said: “This is a major step forward for our wonderful pipe band. The school and the wider community are incredibly proud of their achievement, and they are showing the rest of the country the very best that the young people of Prestonpans, Port Seton, Cockenzie and Longniddry are capable of.

“Many thanks to our dedicated tutors, and to our students for their effort and determination.”

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