RAF Waddington Pipes and Drums Win the All England Championship.

As the nights draw in and the more senior members of the band reach for their cardigans it’s a good chance to draw breath and reflect on what has been a whirlwind of engagements over the summer.

The competing season finished on a high as on the 4th September the RAF Waddington Pipes and Drums were crowned, ”All England Champions” in a very hard fought contest held in the beautiful surroundings of Chatsworth House in the heart of the Peak District.

This follows a very strong performance at the World Pipe Band Championship, The world’s biggest bagpipe event which is held every year in Glasgow. Over 600 bands come from 16 nations, Canada, USA, Australia, New Zealand Scotland, Ireland and as far away as Oman to battle it out in a single day to establish who rules the roost in global piping and drumming.
This year we were strong enough to field two bands one of which qualified through the heats to the final in their grade and ended up 10th best band in the world. Not bad for a Lincolnshire based band in their first attempt at this level.

The RAF Ceremonial Office considers attendance at this event as the standards check for RAF Pipers prior to deploying on Ceremonial Duties representing the wider Royal Air Force, I am sure we passed with flying colours.
On another front we were delighted to accept the opportunity to lead the parade as 504 (County of Nottingham) Reserve Squadron gunners who were granted the freedom of Hucknall, the first reserve unit to be granted that honour. The Squadron was originally formed at RAF Hucknall in 1928 flying Hawker Horsley aircraft. After disbandment in 1957 they were reformed as a reserve unit in 1997 based at Cottesmore. Their personnel have served recently in Iraq and Afghanistan supporting the RAF Regiment.

Nearer to home we were pleased to perform at the Help for Hero’s fund raising event in Waddington Village and we look forward to leading the torch lit procession for Saint Barnabas Hospice through the Bailgate to Lincoln Cathedral. If you would like details of events the band is performing at, please contact the Pipe Major at the band room, or contact us at www.rafwaddingtonpipeband.com.

By Kirsteen Macdonald

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