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A piper with roots in Barra has been appointed pipe-major in the Glasgow Police Pipe Band.

Duncan Nicholson returns to the role he held from 2010-2015 and replaces Alisdair McLaren.

With less than three months before the Scottish competition begins, Mr Nicholson says he is hoping to stabilise the band and put out some good performances.  

He commented: “It’s a big task ahead, but I suppose I have been here before. Looking forward to get back at it.”

Mr Nicholson has 30 years of experience playing the bagpipes and is a former member of Skipinnish and The Vatersay Boys.

The move is the latest in a multitude of changes for the band over the last 10 years. In addition to numerous leadership changes, the band endured a period of uncertainty when the Scottish police forces amalgamated to create Police Scotland. The band went through a series of name changes, eventually returning to its most well known and straightforward Glasgow Police Pipe Band title.

The band was established in 1883 as the Burgh of Govan Police Pipe Band, making it the the oldest civilian pipe band in existence.

Picture: Grade 1 Glasgow Police have appointed Duncan Nicholson as pipe-major, returning to the role he held from 2010-2015.