Laurie and husband Allan McLeod are part of the Ipswich Thistle Pipe Band Photo: Sarah Harvey
Laurie and husband Allan McLeod are part of the Ipswich Thistle Pipe Band Photo: Sarah Harvey

Piping hot gathering in contest

FIFTEEN pipe bands from south-east Queensland and New South Wales will come together for a Gathering of the Clans contest at Bill Patterson Oval in Limestone Park this Saturday.

Hosting the Queensland Championships event for pipers and drummers is Ipswich's Thistle Pipe Band.

Band secretary Katrina Stead said the competition would finally have a grade one contest.

"Queensland has only one registered grade one pipe band - the Queensland Highlanders," she said.

"This year we have another grade one pipe band travelling up from Sydney, The Pipe Band Club.

"Having these two bands compete for the Queensland Championships will be interesting to say the least.

In total, 135 solo entrants will compete on Saturday.

Solo competition starts at 8am and runs until 11.30am.

Pipe band competition starts at noon.



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