The Kimberley Pipe Band will celebrate its 90th anniversary in 2017.

The Kimberley Pipe Band will celebrate its 90th anniversary in 2017.

Kimberley Pipe Band plans 90th birthday party

The Band is looking for a community member to step forward and organize the big event

The venerable Kimberley Pipe Band will turn 90 years old in 2017 — quite a remarkable anniversary.

Kimberley residents may remember the Pipe Band’s 80th anniversary in 2007, when they threw a Tattoo at the Civic Centre attended by a number of different bands.

For the 90th they want to do the same thing again, maybe even bigger and better.

But planning has to start now in order to book the various pipe and military bands, and the Pipe Band is looking for a community champion to oversee the big event.

“We are starting the planning now but we’d really like to find a volunteer to help us organize it,” said Liela Cooper from the Kimberley Pipe Band. “We’d like to have ten bands, both pipe and military and highland dancing. We need to book soon because everyone does their schedules well ahead of time.”

Cooper explained that there will be plenty of sub-committees to assist the chair person, but someone is needed to tie everything together.

The Pipe Band is looking at August of 2017 for the Tattoo, as there is a window during that time of no other conflicting highland events in B.C. and Alberta.

“Maybe we could even tie it in to the Arts Festival,” she said. “We are open to ideas.”

If you think you could help out, call Liela at 250-427-5642.

The Band has already started fundraising with a 50/50 draw. Only 1,000 tickets will be sold and you have an opportunity to win $10,000.