Pipers take over Octagon

Waimatuku Southern Scenic Highland Pipe Band drum major Russell Baker leads a mass pipe band parade down George St from the Octagon on Saturday. Photo by Peter McIntosh.More than 100 pipers and drummers took part in the annual Octagonal Day contest on Saturday.

At noon, 17 pipe bands marched individually from Moray Pl to the Octagon, watched by hundreds of Dunedin residents and visitors - many from the two cruise ships in town.

Competition took place within the Octagon until about 4pm, after which a prizegiving was held before bands gathered for a final combined parade down part of George St.

The annual contest was hosted by the Otago Centre of the Royal New Zealand Pipe Band Association. It comprised bands from Christchurch south and had been held in Dunedin for more than 20 years.

Saturday's band competition involved a medley and set, as well as contests for emerging pipers and drummers.

Yesterday, bands again assembled in the Octagon for further competitions. Results. -Juvenile: City of Dunedin 1, South Canterbury Youth Band 2.

Grade 4: Invercargill Licensing Trust City of Invercargill A 1 Invercargill Licensing Trust City of Invercargill B 2, Mataura Kilties 3.

Grade 3: South Canterbury Highland 1, Canterbury Caledonian Royal Stewart 2.

Grade 2: Invercargill Licensing Trust City of Invercargill 1, Temuka 2.

Drum majors champion. Kerry Lloyd, of Canterbury Caledonian Royal Stewart; Mace flourish: Nathan Harris, of Riccarton and Scottish Society.

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