Belfast Telegraph

Historic win seals pipers' grand slam

By John Mulgrew

The Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band from Northern Ireland has made history by completing the grand slam with another win in Scotland.

The world champions from Lisburn left with the top prize at the Cowal Championships in the Highlands on Saturday.

After snatching the world title earlier this month and with wins in the European, Scottish and British championships, the group has now become the most successful pipe band in history.

George Ussher, chair of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association for Northern Ireland, said the organisation was "immensely proud".

"Winning five major titles back to back in one season is an outstanding achievement for any band,'' he added.

Northern Ireland bands stole the show, walking away with 10 of the 16 prizes. Seven Towers from Ballymena were winners in the grade two category.

Drum Majors also featured. Samantha Gordon of the Field Marshal won the Adult Grade and Lauren Abraham of Seven Towers took the junior grade title.

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