Windfall hits high note for treasured pipe band

1st May 2015 from John O'Groat Journal

Members of Wick RBLS Pipe Band have been given an extra spring in their step thanks to the largesse of the body in charge of the construction of the two new schools going up in the town.

The pipe band has benefited to the tune of £1000 from hub North Scotland (hNS), which is building the new Wick High, associated Newton primary and the new Noss primary.

HNS chief executive Angus Macfarlane presented the cheque at the band’s recent annual meeting, with the funds timely as it prepares to carry out major improvements to the RBLS hall in the High Street.
Band secretary John Bogle said: “I’d like to thank hNS for its extremely generous donation. This is both timely and greatly appreciated as the band gears up to make a number of improvements to its pipe band hall.

“HNS’s support of groups is of great benefit to the local community.”

Mr Macfarlane said that as the two projects on either side of the river progress, his organisation was keen to live up to its pledge to provide socio-economic benefits to the town.

“The pipe band in Wick is much loved and has been a mainstay of the town for a number of years so we’re delighted to be able to help something that brings much benefit and joy to so many people in the area,” he said.

The new £48.5 million campus going up in the grounds of Wick High will replace the existing high school as well as South school and Pulteneytown Academy Primary School.

It is to incorporate a new community library and swimming pool. The £14.5 million Noss school will cater for nearly 400 pupils and will replace the existing North and Hillhead schools.

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