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Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band wins world championships

The Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band were the winners
Image caption The Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band were the winners

The Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band has won the World Pipe Band Championships in front of an estimated crowd of 35,000 people in Glasgow.

The band from Lisburn, County Antrim, beat Scottish Power into second place at the annual event in Glasgow Green.

Thousands of pipers and drummers from more than 200 bands took part in the championships.

Glasgow's Lord Provost Sadie Docherty said the crowds had enjoyed some "sensational performances".

'Extra special'

Councillor Docherty, the Chieftain of the World Pipe Band Championships, added: "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.

"Next year this event will be played out over two days, giving us an even bigger and better event to look forward to."

Ian Embelton, chief executive of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association, said: "Every year the standard of competition is so high but this year we have seen something extra special.

"Next year the two-day event will allow us to drive the already very high standard to new heights."

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

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