On Wednesday, May 20, 2009, the Post reported that...

CLYDEBANK Pipe Band entertained thousands as part of the 100 Pipers Scottish Pipe Band Championships — but went home without a medal.

The successful band — which recently moved up to the second top tier in world piping — crashed out at the first hurdle at Levengrove Park, Dumbarton.

But pipe major Craig Munro vowed that the band will bounce back better than ever after the disappointing show.

Craig told the Post: “We were first out in eighteenth place.

“It’s a bit disappointing but it was the first time at the upper grade level.

“The next competition is in three weeks time and we’ll re-group, focus on that and aim to get back to winning ways — that’s the sort of mentality we have here.”

The band played a new medley including an opening number in honour of the band’s founder Stan Ross.

Craig said: “For a debut competition at grade two we were happy with what we played and now we look towards more competitions and also coming back stronger and better next year.”

It was a day of mixed fortunes for all the area’s bands, with Dumbarton and District just missing out on the silverware and rivals Lomond and Clyde pipping them to a placing.

West Dunbartonshire Provost Denis Agnew, who was also the Pipeband Championship Chieftain, said: “It could not be the championships it is without the people from the area.

“As Provost I was very proud.”