Huge crowds watch the World Pipe Band Championships unfold

Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band from Northern Ireland has been named the World Pipe Band Champions for 2016. They fought off stiff competition from Inverary and District who finished second and St Laurence O’Toole from the Republic of Ireland who were third. The 2016 event was the 30th year in a row Glasgow has hosted the World Pipe Band Championships.

234 Pipe Bands brought around 8000 pipers and drummers to Glasgow Green to compete at the World Pipe Band Championships. Over 35,000 people attended the event over 2 days.

In total 15 nations were represented at The Worlds as they are affectionately known including bands from Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Canada, England, USA, New Zealand, Australia, Denmark, Switzerland, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Belgium, the Netherlands and Scotland.

The World Pipe Band Championships are a unique celebration of Scottish culture featuring outstanding musicians who have practised for years to reach the pinnacle of Pipe Band competition. The event has been associated with Glasgow for nearly 70 years.

Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events at VisitScotland, said: “The World Pipe Band Championships has once again proven to be a hugely successful event, showcasing Scotland’s rich cultural heritage. Scotland is the perfect stage for events and following this spectacular piping celebration, thoughts will already be turning towards 2017 when both Glasgow and Scotland will welcome the world once more.”

As well as the opportunity to enjoy world class performances, the World Pipe Band Championships hosted Highland Dancing competitions, a Highland Games, a kids zone area, food village and traders.

The World Pipe Band Championships will return to Glasgow Green on 11 and 12 August 2017 and in 2018 will be held on 17 and 18 August.

Glasgow will host the World Pipe Band Championships until 2021. The event is delivered by Glasgow Life on behalf of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association and Glasgow City Council and is supported by EventScotland and Glasgow City Marketing Bureau.

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