Pipers enjoy stay in Bay

FOR the fourth year in succession, the annual Northumbrian Pipers’ Week has taken place at the residential premises of the Northumbria School of English in Whitley Bay.

Twenty pipers stayed in the town for a week and took part in workshops led by some of the leading proponents of the instrument in the region.

Organisers Susan Craven and Julia Say, said: “This year we have had several pipers from the United States, including two from California, as well as Canada, Germany and the Shetland Isles.

“The event gives pipers from all over the UK, and indeed the world, the opportunity to get together and learn from the experts and from one another.

“Whitley Bay is an excellent location and the staff at the Northumbria always give us a fantastic welcome.”

As well as workshops, tutorials and masterclasses, participants are treated to meals out in the town and a programme of entertainment.

The programme included a concert by Dave Webber and Anni Fentimen, a Ceilidh, a concert by Andrew and Margaret Watchorn at the Chantry, Morpeth, and a talk by Graham Wells about the role of North Shields-born pipe-maker and piper Robert Reid.