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Sgoil Lionacleit Pipe Band are getting new bagpipes cases as they head off to the
The group have received a local lottery windfall ahead of their journey to perform
in New York at the 20th Anniversary Tartan Week.
The event - which celebrates Scottish heritage and pride - provides the band to showcase
Hebridean and Gaelic culture with a huge international audience through their pipe
music and dance.
The 24 pupils in the band - including dancers - at the Uist and Benbecula secondary
school are practicing hard for the chance to march along Sixth Avenue.
Funds from Western Isles Lifestyle Lottery tickets sales in the Uist area will help
them on their way.
Pipeband chairman John Daniel Peteranna said: “We will be using part of the award
to buy bagpipe cases for the band.
“Bagpipes are fragile instruments, and prone to damage. They are always being carried
around, in and out of cars and buses. They are an awkward shape to pack, and stow
“We have never had the luxury of bagpipe cases before and this will be a big asset
to the band.
“Cases will make transportation of the bagpipes much easier and less risky.”
“The remainder of the award will go towards a homecoming event after the band return
from New York.
He added: “The band is made up of very talented and dedicated young musicians who
deserve the best support we can give them.
“We wish them well in the New York venture, and look forward to seeing them on TV.
They will be great ambassadors for Uist and the Western Isles.”
Sgoil Lionacleit Pipe Band receives funding boost
1 March 2018