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Thousands enter pipe band contest

More than 8,000 pipers and drummers have competed in the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow.

The biggest international competition in the piping calendar was won by Northern Ireland's Field Marshall Montgomery Pipe Band who took the title for a fourth year in a row.

The runners up at Glasgow Green were Scotland's Inverary and District Pipe Band and third place went to the St Laurence O'Toole Pipe Band from Ireland.

More than 220 bands performed at the annual competition which took place over two days and drew around 30,000 people.

Ian Embelton, chief executive of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association, said: "Every year we see pipers and drummers putting in thousands of hours of practise in a bid to set new standards for themselves and their bands and the people who have been here over the last two days have enjoyed some terrific competition."

Glasgow lord provost and chieftain of this year's competition, Sadie Docherty, said : "Glasgow has just played host to the best Commonwealth Games ever and now we've welcomed the world's best pipers and drummers for what has been a sensational championships.

"It's been an incredible summer marked by the people of Glasgow and their incredible warmth, humour and hospitality."

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