27 June, 2021
Pipers to celebrate
BREAK out your pipes and mark July on your calendar, as a local pipe band is set to celebrate their 95th anniversary.
Mackay and District Pipe Band
event coordinator Deb Orr is excited about this anniversary.
The yearly celebrations are
well-loved by the Mackay Community, and thousands of residents always show up.
This year’s celebrations will
run from July 9 to 10 at the Bluewater Quay.
“We started our free outdoor events five years ago – last year we had to cancel. We hold it at the Bluewater Quay ... we invite other bands from around Queensland to come and join us,” Deb said.
“We’ve expanded the event
this year ... we’re having a meet
and greet (on Friday) – these are
all free events that are open to the
“The main event is on the Saturday afternoon, at the Bluewater
Quay on July 10 – we start the
event with the march across the
Forgan Bridge into the Bluewater
Ms Orr said Mackay Regional
Council Mayor Greg Williamson
is a big fan of the pipe band, and
he is expected to be displaying his
Scottish heritage in his Scottish
“He’s going to be dressed in
his kilt and going to do the welcome, as we will be having a lot
of visitors,” she said.
“The band has contributed quite a lot over the years to Mackay’s Scottish heritage ... we do get a lot of community support with our events.”
The event will also help promote Mackay as tourism destination and Ms Orr said the Sugar
City has a growing reputation as
a place to visit.
“Mackay Regional Council is
our main sponsor. It's not just a
pipe band event – it’s also a destination Mackay event. We’re
growing the event so people put it
on their calendar and know ‘at this
time in July, is the time to come to
Mackay’,” she said.
“It has grown – it’s grown quite well.”