A great day at the Gathering for Stranraer

Loch Ryan Pipe Band at the Lowland Gathering
Loch Ryan Pipe Band at the Lowland Gathering

Stranraer thrilled to the skirl of the pipes on Saturday with the 3rd Lowland Gathering being held in the town.

Lochryan Pipe Band were the winners of Grade 4 and runners-up in Grade 3 where the winners were Ayr Pipe Band Society.

Campbell Waddell, Drum Major for Kirkcudbright and District Pipe band won the adult drum major competition.

On the event’s Facebook page, the organisers said: “What can I say, a great day today at Lowland Gathering! Thanks are due to so many people who volunteered and helped us with the set up of the field, the First Aid, the litter picking, stewarding the event, Ticket Sales at Gates, stewarding the parade, and of course the take down of the site!

“Amazing how so many people can come together and help to create an event that means so much to the town! Thanks also to the ADG Branch of RSPBA for officiating today, and also to all the Pipe Bands, and Drum Majors who took part. The Trade Stands, Craft Stalls, Food Vans, Kids Entertainment, all contributed to a great day, and thanks are also due to our 1st ever sponsor, Border Motor Group! Thanks to everyone who came to see us today and support us by attending and we hope to see you all next year!”

See this week’s Gazette for more pictures from the event.


GRADE 4; 1st Lochryan Pipe Band 2nd Gilnahirk Pipe Band 3rd 1st Troon Boys Brigade 4th Troon Blackrock

GRADE 3; 1st Ayr Pipe Band Society 2nd Lochryan Pipe Band 3rd Troon Blackrock 4th 1st Troon Boys Brigade

GRADE 2 1st Ayr Pipe Band Society

JUVENILE DRUM MAJORS 1st Gibb Fraser 2nd Becky Cox 3rd Lucas Adamson

ADULT DRUM MAJORS 1st C Waddell 2nd S Smith 3rd A Lyon 4th R Henderson

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Galaxy with Owl Magic’s handler Bhea from Ayrshire

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Local Drum Major Campbell Waddell of Kirkcudbright District Pipe Band was winner of the adult section for Drum Majors, pictured receiving his trophy from Chieftain Jim Murdoch

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The crowds on Saturday at the Lowland Gathering

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There was an excellent turnout for the gathering

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Loch Ryan Pipe Band march through their home town after their success at the 2015 Lowland Gathering

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Galloway Pipes and Drums

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Strathendrick Pipe band

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Galloway Pipes and Drums

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1st Troon Boys Brigade

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Irvine and District Pipe band

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Five year-old Kaci with a Western Screech

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Loch Ryan Pipe Band

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The pipers and drummers

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Pipe major John Harvey Loch Ryan Pipe Band receives the trophy for 1st in Grade 4 from Chieftain Jim Murdoch

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Loch Ryan Pipe Band’s trophies carried by their mascots. Loch Ryan was first in grade 4, second in grade 3 and first grade 4 drummers.

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Loch Ryan Pipe Band played in Castle Square

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Adjudicators Harry Stevenson, left, and Adrin Hoy

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The Blue Bombshells’ performance

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Glenakirk Pipe Band

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Loch Ryan Pipe Band drummers