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Belfast tuning up for fourth UK Pipe Band Championships

UK Pipe Band Championships
UK Pipe Band Championships

Belfast is tuning up to host the UK Pipe Band Championships at Stormont Estate for the fourth and final year.

A part of a partnership contract with the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association, up to 100 bands will assemble for the coveted UK Champions title on Saturday, 16 June.

This free, all-day event attracts thousands of local residents, piping enthusiasts, and home and out of state visitors who will enjoy stunning performances from the very best pipers, Highland Dancers and drummers from across the UK, Ireland and further afield.

Lord Mayor, Councillor Deirdre Hargey said: “We love hosting this spectacular event in Belfast.

"The quality of musicianship is magnificent and the range of activities on offer make it a great day out for family and friends. So why not pack a picnic, or sample some of the delicious food on sale at the various stalls?”

Ian Embelton, Chief Executive of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association (RSPBA), added: “The United Kingdom Pipe Band Championship has been held at Stormont since its inception in 2014 and has become one of the most enjoyable and prestigious of our events.

“The venue is superb and we are very grateful to Belfast City Council’s City Events Team for the effort they have put in to ensure that the Championship was presented in the best possible fashion.

UK Pipe Band Championships itinerary

  • gates open at 8:30am
  • performances getting underway at 10am; starting with junior and individuals grades and progressing to Grade 1s in the afternoon
  • the finale is a march past display prior to the prize giving
  • the event will finish at approximately 6pm

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