In pictures: British Pipe Band Championships 2019

Monday 20th May, 2019

We hope you enjoy these images from this year’s British Pipe Band Championships in Paisley.

Huge crowds defied the weather to flock to the St James Playing Fields for the first of the five annual ‘majors’ in the piping calendar.

A total of 123 bands from across the UK and Ireland took part across the day and in the spectacular final march-past, with individual competitors from as far afield as the USA, Denmark and Belgium.

The big winners on the day were the St. Laurence O’Toole Pipe Band who picked up the top prize in the prestigious Grade One competition.

Grade 1 winners at British Pipe Band Championships 2019

Local interest on the day included the Johnstone, Kilbarchan and Renfrewshire Schools Pipe bands.

A day of free family entertainment included a Highland Games competition with caber-tossing and a Scottish Open Strongman contest featuring World’s Strongest Man competitors.

Renfrewshire Council leader Iain Nicolson said: “We were delighted to welcome the British Pipe Band Championships to Paisley for another year of what has been a really successful partnership.

“Hosting an international event like this generates a massive economic boost for the area and brings huge volumes of footfall into the town. It also helps further cement Paisley and Renfrewshire’s place as one of Scotland’s premier destinations for major events.”

Ian Embelton, chief executive of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association, added: “The British Championships are the first of our five major championships taking place throughout the summer and we saw a top-class display of piping and drumming from the world’s best.

“Once again, the people of Renfrewshire came out in numbers to support the event – Paisley is a great location and host venue, and we look forward to continuing our partnership with the town over the next two years.”

The British Pipe Band Championships will return in 2020.


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