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Derrick Cullimore leads the Ashburton County Scottish Society Highland Pipe Band in this photo snapped in 2004.

By Mick Jensen

Ashburton’s defunct pipe band is making a comeback and will march again at two local events planned over the next 10 days.

Known formally as the Ashburton County Scottish Society Highland Pipe Band, or informally as Ashburton Pipe Band, the group has reformed some 10 years after it was forced to close down because of a lack of numbers.

Some 12 pipers and eight drummers have stepped forward to be part of the new set up.

Ashburton Pipe Band committee chair and drum major Derrick Cullimore said it was a new era for the band and exciting times ahead.

A number of former band members had come back to the group and there were a few younger faces among the “old timers”, he said.

The band had been busy organising uniforms and in some cases “letting them out” to accommodate bodies that had grown a bit over the last decade or so.

Pipers would again wear the Royal Stewart tartan, while drummers would sport the Black Watch tartan, Mr Cullimore said.

Band members had missed the comradeship and would perform when asked, but would not compete again.

The Ashburton Pipe band will lead the Grand Parade at the Ashburton A & P Show on Saturday.

On November 6 they will perform at the Ashburton Civic Music Council’s Band in the Park event in the Ashburton Domain (West Street entrance).

Other performers at the 2pm concert include the Ashburton Silver Band, Ashburton MSA Orchestra and Ashburton Electronic Organ and Keyboard Club.