ST RONAN'S Future Band made home advantage count on Saturday as they claimed Gold.

A total of nine talented young bands from across the Lothians and Borders competed at the Innerleithen Youth Brass Band Contest.

Adjudicator Scott Walker, who is an Ayr-based conductor and player, was given the difficult task of selecting the winners.

And everyone at St Ronan's School agreed that the standard was as high as ever throughout the day's competition.

St Ronan's Future Band chairman Christopher Wilson told us: "It was a brilliant morning of music from all of these young players and we were pleased to welcome all of these youth bands to Innerleithen.

"The quality of the music was excellent and it was great to see so many people come out to support the youngsters."

At the conclusion of the seventh annual Innerleithen Youth Brass Band it was announced that Galashiels Junior Band, under the baton of Stuart Black, had been awarded Gold in the Preparatory Section.

Silver went to Loanhead Brass Roots, conducted by Alan Fernie, and Bronze to Penny Brass, conducted by Tony Crips.

Claiming Gold in the Development Section was the St Ronan's Future Band, conducted by David Robb.

Silver went to Galashiels Youth Band, Tweeddale Youth Band and Bathgate Youth Band.

There was also Bronze Awards for Abbey Brass of Jedburgh and Penicuik Junior Band.