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World title for N Ireland pipe band

A pipe band from Northern Ireland has been named the world's best for the second consecutive year.

Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band, from Lisburn, were announced as the overall winners at this year's World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow.

They beat off competition from 25 other bands in their grade, with the ScottishPower Pipe Band taking the runners-up award.

Third place went to Canada's Simon Fraser University Pipe Band.

Field Marshal Montgomery also took the title last year, and this was their eighth world championship win to date.

The event, held in Glasgow Green, saw 234 bands perform over a range of grades in front of an estimated 35,000 spectators.

The World Pipe Band Championships, nicknamed "The Worlds", have been associated with Glasgow for more than 60 years.

Around 8,000 pipers and drummers descended on the city from 12 different nations to take part in the qualifiers and finals.

Next year The Worlds, organised by Glasgow Life on behalf of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association and Glasgow City Council, will be a two-day event running on August 17 and 18.

The Chieftain of the World Pipe Band Championships, Glasgow's Lord Provost Sadie Docherty, said: "The Worlds is a cornerstone of our cultural calendar that Glaswegians look forward to every year. I've always believed that Glasgow Green is never better than when the bands are here competing and we've enjoyed some sensational performances. Next year this event will be played out over two days giving us an even bigger and better event to look forward to."

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