World Pipe Band Champions Crowned in Glasgow
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World Pipe Band Champions Crowned in Glasgow

Field Marshall Montgomery Pipe Band have once again been crowned World Pipe Band Champions


Northern Ireland's Field Marshall Montgomery Pipe Band have once again been crowned World Pipe Band Champions at Glasgow Green, their fourth title in a row. The runners up were Scotland's Inverary and District Pipe Band, with third place going to St Laurence O'Toole Pipe Band from Ireland. The event, which has been associated with Glasgow for more than 60 years, drew people from all over the world to see 8,000 of the very best pipers and drummers compete. Over the course of the event, some 30,000 people attended Glasgow Green.

This year over 220 bands were due at Glasgow Green for the World Pipe Band Championships. Performances started on Friday, with the newly crowned World Champions being announced after two days of fierce competition.

The Worlds ended with the amazing spectacle of the thousands of pipers and drummers who had been competing throughout the day taking part in a march past, taking the salute of the Chieftain, the Lord Provost of Glasgow, Councillor Sadie Docherty before the world champions were crowned in front of thousands of piping fans.  Glasgow Green also played host to some of the strongest men in the world as part of a Highland Games competition.

Followers of pipe bands who couldn’t make the journey to Glasgow watched the competition streamed live on both days.

Ian Embelton. Chief Executive of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association said: “Every year we see pipers and drummers putting in thousands of hours of practise in a bid to set new standards for themselves and their bands and the people who have been here over the last two days have enjoyed some terrific competition. We set ourselves the challenge of improving the World Pipe Band Championships but the bar has been set very high by this year’s event.”

The Lord Provost of Glasgow, Councillor Sadie Docherty, the Chieftain of this year’s Worlds, said: “Glasgow has just played host to the best Commonwealth Games ever and now we’ve welcomed the world’s best pipers and drummers for what has been a sensational championships. It’s been an incredible summer which marked by the people of Glasgow and their incredible warmth, humour and hospitality.”

The World Pipe Band Championships is organised by Glasgow Life on behalf of The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association and Glasgow City Council and is supported by Glasgow City Marketing Bureau and EventScotland.

Councillor Archie Graham, Chair of Glasgow Life, said: “The World Pipe Band Championships is one of the biggest celebrations of Scottish Culture and a cornerstone of Glasgow’s Cultural Calendar. The World’s bring so many people to Glasgow whether they are competing, supporting or visiting and the sights and sounds of Glasgow Green playing host to 8000 pipers and drummers will live long in the memory of everyone who was there.”

Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer for EventScotland said: “The World Pipe Band Championships has once again proven that Scotland is the perfect stage for major events. The event is a wonderful celebration and showcase of Scottish heritage and culture, and with huge crowds spectating, the impacts for the city and country will be significant. Along with Piping Live!, The World’s puts Scotland at the centre of the global piping community and we are proud to host the world’s biggest celebration of piping each year.”

Scott Taylor, Chief Executive of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, said: “This has been the most exciting and high-profile summer in Glasgow’s history. From hosting the best ever Commonwealth Games to delivering another outstanding World Pipe Band Championships, the past few weeks have been an overwhelming success for the city. Every year we know the bands look forward to coming to Glasgow and we enjoy hosting them as the city becomes the global home of piping.

“Once again, the best piping talent from around the world converged on Glasgow Green, watched by thousands of visitors from across the UK and overseas, to deliver a spectacular demonstration of traditional Scottish music and culture. It’s easy to see why The Worlds is one of the most colourful and eagerly-anticipated events on the city’s cultural calendar; one which provides a significant boost to Glasgow’s economy and reinforces our enviable reputation as a leading destination for world-class events.” 


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