St. Laurence O’ Toole Pipe Band from Dublin has been crowned World Pipe Band Champions at Glasgow Green this afternoon in front of 55,000 people. The runners up were Field Marshall Montgomery Pipe Band from Northern Ireland with third place going to Boghall and Bathgate Pipe Band. The event, which has been held in 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.
This year almost 240 bands were at Glasgow Green for the World Pipe Band Championships. Performances started early this morning with the newly crowned World Champions being announced after more than 9 hours 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 before the world champions were crowned in front of tens of thousands of people. Glasgow Green also played host to some of the strongest men in the world in a World Highland Games.
Ian Embelton from the organisers, the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association said: “Every year the standard of competition is so high but the fans this year have seen something extra special. Planning for next year is already underway but we are going to have to pull out all the stops to improve on these championships”.
Scott Taylor, Chief Executive of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, said: “The World Pipe Band Championships are a real highlight in Glasgow’s events calendar and they enjoy a reputation as ‘unmissable’ among Glaswegians and visitors alike. In addition to attracting a wealth of top pipe bands from across the UK and internationally, the event has a strong local identity and provides a great platform for our home-grown pipers to showcase their talents on the global stage. Every year the championships get bigger and better – which was evident in the record number of bands competing this time around – and this year has proved another resounding success, bringing tangible benefits to the city, and Scotland, in terms of visitor spend and an estimated economic impact of millions.”
Culture Minister Fiona Hyslop said: “I would like to congratulate this year’s World Pipe Band Champions, St. Laurence O’ Toole Pipe Band and everyone who has helped make this spectacular contest such a success. From the spine-tingling sound of the massed pipes and drums to the delicious local food and drink, this year’s event has offered audiences at home and around the world a real taste of Scotland at its best.”
Lynne Pringle, senior project manager, Scottish Enterprise said: “The World Pipe Band Championships event is a great example of public and private sector partners working together to deliver a high quality product in the city for international audiences. This year’s event was another outstanding success, with the extended site and programme offering a wide variety of activities for all ages of visitor. The Tourism Action Plan for Glasgow recognises the importance of major events in driving tourism growth, and we work closely with our partners and the wider tourism and business community to ensure we maximise the economic impact of major events in Glasgow.”