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Another title for famous pipers Field Marshal Montgomery

By Staff Reporter

They are the most successful pipe band ever - and with two wins out of two already this year, the musicians of the Field Marshal Montgomery show no sign of slowing down.

The Lisburn band were one of 92 that made the trip to Belfast for the second year of the UK Pipe Band Championships at the Stormont Estate, as well as 42 drum majors.

The Field Marshal Montgomery, led by Pipe Major Richard Parkes, took the Grade 1 title. They have already won the 2015 British Championships, taking the title at Bathgate, West Lothian, at the end of last month.

The Grade 1 drumming title went to Greater Glasgow Police Pipe Band under Leading Drummer Eric Ward, the corps also taking their second title of the 2015 season.

But the Drum Majors events provided a clean sweep for Northern Ireland.

Paula Braiden of Cullybackey lifted the adult grade trophy for a second year; Lauren Abraham from Ballybriest won the juvenile section, and Beth Preston from Bessbrook Crimson Arrow took the junior title.

Lauren also made it two championships in a row after winning the British title in May.

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