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Pipe bands vie for honours in a gloriously sunny Bangor

By Staff Reporter

Published 16/05/2016

Alan Tully (pipe major), Philip Tasker (pipe sergeant) and Stephen Crieghton (lead drummer) of St Laurence O’Toole Pipe Band
Alan Tully (pipe major), Philip Tasker (pipe sergeant) and Stephen Crieghton (lead drummer) of St Laurence O’Toole Pipe Band
Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band in Bangor on Saturday
Members of Cleland Memorial make their way to the field
Pipe major Caldwell Hamilton (Cleland Memorial Pipe Band)

The first Northern Ireland pipe band championship of the 2016 contest season got off to a glorious start at the weekend.

The sun beat down on the contestants in Bangor on Saturday, where the chieftain of the gatherin' was Ards and North Down mayor Alan Graham.

Upwards of 45 bands invaded the seaside town for the day, with the sounds of the pipes and drums ringing out across Castle Grounds until Mr Graham took the evening salute at Bangor Town Hall.

St Laurence O'Toole won the grade 1 section and the best drum corps and bass section.

They edged out the famous Field Marshal Montgomery, although the two bands shared the award for best pipes.

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