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Piping up about uniforms... Hokonui Celtic Pipe Band president Jeff Shanks and vice president Vicki Kelly hold some of the bands kilts, some of which are more than 30 years old. PHOTO: ASHLEIGH MARTIN

The Hokonui Celtic Pipe Band is holding a quiz night to help raise the $40,000 needed for new band uniforms.

Band president Jeff Shanks said some of the kilts the band had were more than 30 years old.

“For the next two nationals, one is in Dunedin and the following year it’s in Invercargill, so we haven’t got the expense of travelling. So we thought this would be a good opportunity to fundraise to upgrade our uniforms,” Mr Shanks said.

Mr Shanks said the band had updated some kilts, but some band members were wearing different kilts.

He said the band planned to change to a Harrier kilt, as the style would hang better and the kilts would last a long time.

complete new uniform – I don’t think we’ll be able to do it by nationals this time round, but hopefully for Invercargill we’ll be in completely new uniform, new waistcoats, ties and all that.”

The kilts the band has at present were from Gannaway, in Timaru.

Mr Shanks said a good kilt cost more than $600, and the band needed 35 new uniform sets.

The band usually made cheese rolls this time of the year, but Mr Shanks said they decided to do something different, as there had been many cheese roll fundraisers for different groups already.

“This is our first big quiz night. We have done big shows, but not a quiz night.”

This would be the band’s second fundraiser for the uniforms, and people were encouraged to get dressed up in Scottish theme.

“We thought we might have some Scottish entertainment at halftime and, hopefully, do a haggis.”

Mr Shanks said many businesses had donated items to be auctioned on the night, and there would also be prizes throughout the evening.

There would be door sales but Mr Shanks encouraged people to register so the band knew how many people to cater for.

He said the band supported district events and hoped the community would support the band.

“We do the Anzac parades, funerals, the Santa parade and concerts in the theatre – like, we just finished doing Caveman’s concert – so we’re out there helping the community.”

The quiz night will be held at the Gore Town and Country Club on July 20 at 7.30pm and will have a licensed bar.

The cost is $20 per team of four, and to register people can phone or text 027 516-1414.