The eight pipers who were invited to last year’s competition have been asked to submit short home recordings of a selection of tunes, mostly but not exclusively, Donald MacLeod compositions.
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His funeral, held under Covid restrictions and in inclement weather, was nevertheless well attended, and he was laid to rest in the local cemetery at Gress to the strains of James Duncan MacKenzie, his most successful local pupil, playing the piobaireachd ‘Scarce of Fishing’.
Point and Sandwick Trust committed £25,000 to the competition over five years to ensure it could continue to be held in its home town – Pipe Major Donald Macleod being one of Stornoway’s most famous sons.
Colleagues and friends of Stornaway philanthropist Robin Fleming speak of a modest, friendly man who was ‘a true gentleman.’
The funding will allow the competition to continue to be held in Stronoway.