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Published 09 September 2019

Musical pupils across West Dunbartonshire took part in a free programme of piping and drumming during the summer holidays.

The three day pilot programme was delivered by expert instructors from the Scottish Piping Centre and was open to all pupils from Primary 6 to S2.

The camp was attended by 20 pupils who learned how to play the pipes and drums, and also developed their knowledge of their local and national cultural heritage.

Councillor Karen Conaghan, Convener of Educational Services, said: “West Dunbartonshire has a great association with the pipes and drums through hosting the annual Scottish Pipe Band Championship. This camp is a first for the area and is one of range of free activities available to our young people through our schools over the summer holidays. It’s great to hear that it proved popular and I hope that it will encourage many more of our young people to learn to play a new instrument.”

Councillor Ian Dickson, Vice Convener of Educational Services, said: “We want to offer as many opportunities to our young people as possible. It’s great to hear this pilot project has been so successful.

“Being able to play the pipes and drums will provide new opportunities for our pupils by helping them to build new friendships and learn a new life skill they can take with them wherever they are in the world.”

The pilot programme was held in the lead up to the Scottish Pipe Band Championships at Levengrove Park and pupils who attended the camp were encouraged to attend the championships to get a sense of what it would be like to play and perform in a pipe band.