A COUPLE who run the popular Bideford Youth Pipe Band and the town s annual carnival have been jointly honoured as Bideford Town Council s Citizens of the Year. Mike Harper and Gaylena Humphries were presented with a framed certificate by retiring Mayor C

A COUPLE who run the popular Bideford Youth Pipe Band and the town's annual carnival have been jointly honoured as Bideford Town Council's Citizens of the Year.Mike Harper and Gaylena Humphries were presented with a framed certificate by retiring Mayor Cllr David Ratcliff at the annual mayor-making ceremony.They had taken over the running of the pipe band 17 years ago when it was threatened with closing, said Mr Ratcliff.As secretary and Pipe Major respectively, they did everything from arranging events and teaching the young people to play the instruments to maintaining the instruments and uniforms.The band was popular throughout the West Country and attended many events.Mike was also secretary of the Bideford Carnival .