Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 23 October 2014

Lisburn pipe band take world title

Members of a marching band that competed in the World Pipe Band Championship in Glasgow

A band from Northern Ireland have been crowned World Pipe Band Champions.

More than 30,000 people gathered in Glasgow to see 8,000 pipers compete for the title.

But after nine hours of fierce competition on Glasgow Green, Lisburn-based Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band took the crown.

The runners up were Simon Fraser University from Canada, with third place going to Scottish Power.

The event, which has been held in Glasgow for more than 60 years, drew its audience from all over the world.

This year 230 bands took part and performances started early on Saturday morning.

Chieftain of the event, Glasgow Lord Provost Bob Winter, said: "It was a great privilege to be chieftain and I've enjoyed many wonderful performances.

"The Worlds are a major event for the city and so many people travelled here for these championships and they have enjoyed a day that will live long in the memory."

Ian Embelton, from the organisers the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association, added: "Every year the standard of competition is so high but this year we have seen something extra special. Planning for next year is already under way but we are going to have to pull out all the stops to improve on these championships."

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