Tullylagan and Ballybriest Pipe Bands set to be honoured by council

Taking a breather...World Champion Ballybriest Pipe Band who are set to be honoured by Cookstown District Council.
Taking a breather...World Champion Ballybriest Pipe Band who are set to be honoured by Cookstown District Council.
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COOKSTOWN District Council is set to honour two local pipe bands for their achievements in recent contests.

Ballybriest Pipe Band and Tullylagan Pipe Band took home titles from a series of prestigious competitions in the summer.

Ballybriest Pipe Band took home the grade 3B title, while another local band, Tullylagan came runners-up in the 4A grade at the World Pipe Band Championships held in Scotland.

Both will now be officially honoured by Cookstown District Council following a notice of motion put through by Ulster Unionist councillors Trevor Wilson, Samuel Glasgow MBE, and Robert Kelly in June, which was deferred until the European and World piping championships were over.

Following up on the motion, DUP councillors Ian McCrea, Maureen Lees and Samuel McCartney put forward their support for the bands to receive recognition from the council.

Councillor Ian McCrea said: “We have world champions in our District and the pride that brings to the anyone in the band, as well as well as the whole pipe band fraternity should be recognised,” he said.

“This is certainly an excellent achievement for both and should be formerly recognised.”

SDLP councillor James McGarvey and Sinn Fein representative Cathal Mallaghan also extended their congratulations to the bands.

Praising the bands on their success, UUP councillor Trevor Wilson said: “This has been a terrific year for both bands, and the amount of silverware that has came into the district has just been unbelievable.”

Ulster Unionist colleague Samuel Glasgow MBE told council that he had the honour of walking behind Tullylagan at a recent march.

SDLP Council Chair Tony Quinn rounded of the congratulations by stating the impact the wins had on the entire community, as well as the pipe band fraternity, had to be welcomed.

Chief Executive Adrian McCreesh said that council would now work with both bands to find a suitable way in which to honour both.