Glasgow Green welcomes the biggest ever World Pipe Band Championships this Saturday August 14. A record number of bands have entered, a record number of tickets for the Grade 1 arena have been made available and sold and the whole event has grown by around 25 per cent with around 40,000 people expected at the event.
The World Pipe Band Championships have been associated with Glasgow for more than 60 years and are worth more than £10million to the local economy. Visitors from across the globe come to Glasgow to watch the very best bands in the world compete for the coveted world title currently held by Simon Fraser University Pipe Band from Canada.
Almost 240 pipe bands will be in Glasgow this Saturday, featuring more than 8,000 pipers and drummers playing in front of fans from all over the world. Fans of pipe bands shouldn’t be too disappointed at missing out on the Grade 1 seats with general tickets available right up to and on the day itself.
The World Pipe Band Championships 2010 also hosts the fiercely contested Drum Major competition, Highland Dancing, Glasgow World Highland Games which will include a World Record Attempt at The Heavy Lift and an expanded children’s zone featuring Hamleys Toy Store. A traditional Scottish Food Market with displays from the Food Standards Agency is also being introduced this year to tie in with the year of Food and Drink.
Lynne Pringle, Senior Project Manager, Scottish Enterprise said: “The World Pipe Band Championships is one of Glasgow’s best-loved events and, with 16 nations competing to become world champion; the contest provides a great opportunity to showcase Glasgow and Scotland on the world stage.”
This year family tickets allowing entry for two adults and three children are on sale for the first time at a special price of just £20. For more information about tickets please click here or call 0141 353 8000. Tickets are available from the box office at George Square and at Glasgow Green on the day.
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