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.
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Over 230 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.
Ian Embelton, Chief Executive of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association, said: “We have enjoyed an incredible two days of thrilling competition from Pipe Bands who have committed so much time, energy and talent in pursuit of the ultimate prize. The planning for next year is already underway and I am looking forward to seeing what we can do to build further on this fantastic occasion.”
The Lord Provost of Glasgow and Chieftain of the World Pipe Band Championships, Sadie Docherty, said: “There is nothing like the sights and sounds of Glasgow Green during the World Pipe Band Championships and the city remains proud to welcome the event and so many pipers and drummers to the city every summer. It has been a wonderful championships full of outstanding performances and more than a little drama.
Congratulations to everyone who took part.”
Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop said: “Thousands of visitors from across the globe descended on Glasgow for this weekend’s hugely successful World Pipe Band Championships.It has delivered a significant boost for the city’s economy and has undoubtedly helped enhance Scotland’s international profile as a world class events destination.It was a magnificent spectacle, and those attending experienced Scotland’s renowned friendliness, which has earned us a reputation for being a welcoming destination.”
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.