Police band pipe major beats the retreat

CUPARMUIR;'Piper JAMES MURRAY.'Photo : Walter Neilson
CUPARMUIR;'Piper JAMES MURRAY.'Photo : Walter Neilson

There’s a new man in charge of the Fife Constabulary pipe band following the decision of Pipe Major James Murray from Cupar to emigrate to Australia.

James has been pipe-major since the band was started in 2007 but has decided to head down under early next year. Current Pipe Sergeant Drew Mathieson has been chosen to take over the role.

The band has improved year-on-year throughout James’ time in charge with this year proving to be their most successful yet when they achieved their first ever placement at a major competition by taking sixth at the Scottish championships.

The band has also qualified every year for the World Championship finals and finished eighth over all this year.

James said: “I would like to thank all the members for their efforts over the last few years and also give a big thanks to Fife Constabulary for their support and the opportunity to lead the pipe band. This is the right and proper time for the band to have a new pipe major and allow them to prepare properly for the forthcoming season”.

Band manager Inspector Ken Chatham, said: “We would like to thank Jimmy Murray for his service and commitment to the band and wish him and his family well in their future adventures. Jimmy has created a world-class band and leaves us in a great position.

“He will be sorely missed; the band and Fife Constabulary wish him and his family all the best.”