Boghall and Bathgate is delighted to announce a two-year sponsorship with one of the UK’s leading vehicle dealerships, Peoples Ford. The two brands have been closely associated for 30 years since the band performed at the opening of the first Peoples Ford dealership in Bathgate. Both parties are delighted to now formalise those ties in a two-year sponsorship deal.
This will be an enormous financial boost for the band and will go a long way to helping to support the ongoing development of our piping and drumming tuition programme. This is particularly timely as the organisation goes back to fielding three bands again with the reintroduction of a development band at the Novice Juvenile level this year.
P/M Ross Walker said: “We are incredibly excited by the sponsorship deal we have agreed with Peoples Ford. Peoples are a well known and well respected brand within the local community and beyond. This partnership has given us a financial boost that will not only help with day to day costs such as hall lets, transportation and uniforms but will provide financial stability to focus all our efforts on promoting excellence and attaining our ultimate goal of winning the World Pipe Band Championships.”
“Beyond that, the security this gives us in continuing to develop the next generation of young pipers and drummers from the local area is fantastic. As running costs continue to rise, this sponsorship will help us continue to deliver on our ethos of growing as many of our own players as possible from the practice chanter & drum pad to the pinnacle of pipe band competition.”
“The band is delighted to be in partnership with an organisation as strong as Peoples Ford and look forward to competing as Peoples Ford Boghall and Bathgate Caledonia in 2014 and beyond.”
Brian Gilda, Chairman and Managing Director of Peoples Ford is delighted to be able to sponsor a band of the calibre of Boghall and Bathgate. He said, “I started my business in July 1983 when I purchased a Ford Main Dealer in Bathgate and my love affair with West Lothian has continued ever since. Indeed my association with Boghall and Bathgate Caledonia goes back to 1984 when I gave them the first sponsorship funds to aid them in all the things Ross has already referred to. Bringing the story full circle and up to date means that I wanted to do something in my 30th year in business which allows me to complete the sponsorship with the band for the next two years”.
“As you can imagine I get lots of sponsorship requests but the reality is I can only participate in a selected few. This sponsorship is a thank you not only to Boghall and Bathgate Caledonia, a superb and proud band at all levels but to my many friends and indeed customers in West Lothian.”