Helensburgh & District Pipe Band

Bicentenary Pipeband Championships in partnership with Homecoming Scotland 2009

hell for leather

  • On Friday 19, Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 June 2009 a hugely successful 3-day Homecoming Scotland event was held by the Bicentenary Pipe Band Championship Committee which attracted record numbers of overseas and local visitors to Helensburgh with many staying over in local hotels and other accommodation for the whole weekend. Families came from as far away as Australia, Hawaii, Canada, Dubai and the USA for the Homecoming Scotland year and many came to Helensburgh especially for our 3-day Homecoming 'extravaganza' .
  • Margaret Easton from California, USA brought 8 members of her family, covering 3 generations over to Helensburgh and stayed at the Commodore Hotel for 3 nights to attend our Burns Supper on Friday 19th, the highland dancing and pipe band display at the pier on Saturday 20th and the pipe band championships on Sunday 21 June 2009 and commented ' Colina Helen Campbell and her committee should be commended for their efforts in organising such a fantastic 3-day event which was well worth coming to and which we thoroughly enjoyed'.
  • Mr and Mrs Fife who emigrated to Australia 39 years ago and have never been back since also saw our event advertised on our website and the Homecoming Scotland website and decided to come over specially for it. They stayed at the County Hotel in Helensburgh and came to the Commodore Hotel on the Firday night, the displays on the Saturday and the main events on Sunday 21 June 2009. Unfortunately they could not attend the Burns Supper on the Friday as it was a 'sell out' so we invited them to attend the VIP lunch with our Chieftain, Iona Duchess of Argyll on the Sunday at Victoria Halls. They commented that it was the most fantastic experience of their lives and the highlight of their visit. They were so grateful to Colina Helen Campbell and her committee for inviting them that they wrote to the Tourist Board to thank them and they are coming back next year for our event on 20 June 2010.
  • Many more thank you's have come in from the hundreds of visitors and local people our event attracted - too numerous to mention !