Piping world champions tune up for bid to defend their title
The world's biggest week of piping is under way today, with 50,000 music fans in Glasgow to see Lisburn's Field Marshal Montgomery Band defending their World Pipe Band Championships title. The record-breaking band have claimed the title 10 times, and are hoping to follow their 2014 triumph with another win.
The Grade1 Pipe Band, with members ranging in age from 16 to 53, aim to bring the title back to Northern Ireland to add to the more than 60 major championships in their 70-year history.
It's guaranteed that Field Marshal Montgomery will be fiercely defending their crown - having won the title the last four years in a row, they will be unwilling to give it up easily.
Pipe Major Richard Parkes said the World Championships were the highlight of the piping year. "We always look forward to coming to Glasgow, the home of the Pipe Band Championships and an outstanding venue for this competition," he said.