Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe band have been crowned World Pipe Band Champions once again this year. It is their third victory in a row. The event, which has been staged over two days for the first time in Glasgow, attracted more than 30,000 people on Saturday and Sunday. The runners up were Boghall and Bathgate Caledonia, with third place going to Scottish Power. 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.
This year 225 bands were due at Glasgow Green for the World Pipe Band Championships. Performances started early yesterday 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 before the world champions were crowned in front of thousands of people. Glasgow Green also played host to some of the strongest men and women in the world in a Highland Games. Kristy Scott from the USA broke her own world record for the 28lb weight over the bar by clearing 21 feet. Followers of pipe bands who couldn’t make the journey to Glasgow watched the competition streamed live on both days.
The Chieftain of the World Pipe Band Championships and Executive Member for the Commonwealth Games, Councillor Archie Graham, said: “The Worlds is a cornerstone of our cultural calendar that Glaswegians look forward to every year. I’ve always believed that Glasgow Green is never better than when the bands are here competing and we’ve enjoyed some sensational performances. Next year the event will be held just after the Commonwealth Games which will generate even more global interest.”
Ian Embelton, Chief Executive of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association, said: “Every year the standard of competition is so high but this year we have seen something extra special. The two day event allows us to drive the already very high standard to new heights and we’ll look forward to welcoming bands back to Glasgow Green next year for another unforgettable experience.”
Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer for EventScotland said: “2013 has been another hugely successful year for Piping Live! and The World Pipe Band Championships, with Glasgow attracting thousands of visitors from around the world. Scotland is the perfect stage for events and following this wonderful celebration of piping, thoughts will already be turning towards 2014 when Scotland will welcome the world once again.”
Scott Taylor, Chief Executive of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau (GCMB), said: "Last week certainly reinforced Glasgow's position as the epicentre of global piping every August. The sound of the pipes rung out across the city culminating with another spectacular celebration of The Worlds over the weekend. Once again Glasgow Green provided an ideal backdrop to the action, with enthusiastic crowds of thousands, and pipers and drummers from hundreds of bands, creating a thrilling spectacle over the two days of competition. Glasgow enjoys an enviable reputation for attracting and staging world-class events, and given the success of this year's World Pipe Band Championships, it's easy to see why event organisers choose to return here time and again. The sights and sounds of The Worlds live long in the memory and I'm already looking forward to an unforgettable event in 2014 when all eyes will be on the city."
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.