World champion pipers among nominees at Orange Awards

Major Sinclair Memorial Pipe Band pictured at 'The Grands' in Lisburn. INNT 03-500CON Pic by John Kelly
Major Sinclair Memorial Pipe Band pictured at 'The Grands' in Lisburn. INNT 03-500CON Pic by John Kelly

Major Sinclair Memorial Pipe Band entertained a capacity audience at ‘The Grands’, the 11th annual Orange Community Awards held at Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn.

The Ballyclare-based band was nominated for the Musicians’ Merit Award (group) alongside Omagh Protestant Boys Melody Flute Band and Roses Lane Ends Flute Band.

The winning band was Omagh Protestant Boys, so regrettably the Grade 4A World Champions narrowly missed out on the top award on this occasion.

Under the direction of Pipe Major John Fittis, from Carrickfergus, the band played a great selection of foot-tapping tunes during the event, including ‘Killaloe’ and ‘Amazing Grace’.