Glasgow has won the right to host the World Pipe Band Championships until 2021 continuing a relationship which has stretched back almost seven decades. The championships, which are affectionately known as The Worlds, attract more than 200 bands and thousands of spectators each year to Glasgow Green generating millions of pounds for the economy.
The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association’s board awarded the right to host The Worlds to Glasgow for a further 6 years at a meeting on Saturday November 15. Glasgow’s winning bid fought off stiff competition from Belfast to retain The Worlds. The event is organised on behalf of the RSPBA by Glasgow Life and is supported by Glasgow City Marketing Bureau and Event Scotland.
The competition features bands from all over the world playing in eight different grades with the ultimate winners being declared after two days of competition. The current World Champions are Northern Ireland’s Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band which has won for the last four years.
As well as being the premier Pipe Band competition, The Worlds is also host to Highland Dancing, a Highland Games and a specialist food village which combine to make a visit to the event unforgettable.
Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau said: “We are delighted to have won the coveted World Pipe Band Championships for a further six years. Glasgow is Scotland’s cultural powerhouse and this uniquely Scottish event is one of the cornerstones of the city’s events calendar. We are looking forward to welcoming pipers, drummers, band supporters and spectators from across the world every bit as much as they are looking forward to coming here and to showing them everything Glasgow has to offer.”
Ian Embelton, Chief Executive of the RSPBA said: “We were delighted to have received an outstanding bid from Glasgow to be host city for the World Pipe Band Championships once again. Our partnership with Glasgow stretches back decades and the event has grown and developed as a result of that relationship. There is nothing quite like the sights and sounds on Glasgow Green during The Worlds and we look forward to welcoming bands there for the foreseeable future.”
Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer for EventScotland said: “Scotland is the perfect stage for events and we have consistently proven that Glasgow is the natural home for the World Pipe Band Championships. The event continues to develop and grow, while attracting thousands of visitors every year. As an event the World Pipe Band Championships celebrates and showcases Scotland’s creative culture and heritage, while delivering a significant economic impact through event tourism.”
For more information about The Worlds, please go to www.theworlds.co.uk