Glasgow wins bid to host World Pipe Band Championships until 2015

World Pipe Band Championships 2011

The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association (RSPBA) has confirmed that Glasgow has won the right to host the World Pipe Band Championships for 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Glasgow faced competition from Belfast to land the prestigious event. The city’s bid was submitted in October by event partners Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Life, Glasgow City Marketing Bureau and EventScotland.

The city has been associated with “The Worlds”, as they are affectionately known, for more than 60 years and on Saturday (December 3) the RSPBA’s national council voted for the event to remain in Glasgow.

Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop said: “Glasgow is truly the home of the World Pipe Band Championships, and the right choice for hosting the event until 2015. This spectacular contest is one of the highlights of our cultural calendar and bands coming to the city to take part can look forward to the warmest of Scottish welcomes.“

Paul Bush, Chief Operating Officer of EventScotland added: “Scotland truly is the perfect stage for the World Pipe Band Championships, and I am delighted that Glasgow has retained the competition until 2015. The city always delivers a fantastic event, which brings together the best piping talent from around the world, with Glasgow Green providing an ideal backdrop to the action.”

Some 230 bands from 12 countries around the world entered the 2011 competition which was held on Saturday, 13th August at Glasgow Green. More than 30,000 people attended the event, watching more than 8,000 pipers and drummers compete. Each year, the event generates over £10 million pounds for both Glasgow and Scotland’s economies.

The World Pipe Band Championships will take place on 11 August, 2012 at Glasgow Green. As well as the most prestigious pipe band competition in the world, visitors to the event can enjoy the Glasgow World Highland Games, Highland Dancing competitions, a children’s zone and Scottish food and produce.  

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