Glasgow & West Scotland

Pipe Band showcase attracts crowd of 50,000

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Image caption Thousands of musicians played at the World Pipe Band Championships

More than 50,000 people saw the Irish Republic's St Laurence O'Toole be crowned world pipe band champions.

The biggest event of its kind, held annually at Glasgow Green, is worth an estimated £11m to the local economy.

Field Marshal Montgomery from Northern Ireland came second and Scotland's Boghall and Bathgate pipe band from West Lothian claimed third spot.

About 8,000 pipers and drummers from 16 countries competed for more than nine hours, culminating in a march past.

The event, which has been held in Glasgow for more than 60 years, attracted a total of 240 bands and also featured Highland dancing and Glasgow's Highland Games.

Ian Embelton, from organisers the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association, said: "Planning for next year is already under way, but we are going to have to pull out all the stops to improve on these championships."

Culture Minister Fiona Hyslop congratulated the winners and organisers.

She said: "From the spine-tingling sound of the massed pipes and drums to the delicious local food and drink, this year's event has offered audiences at home and around the world a real taste of Scotland at its best."

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