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Roddy Macleod bags Glenfiddich Piping crown

Roddy Macleod
Image caption Roddy Macleod bagged the Glenfiddich Piping Champion title for the fourth time

A piper from Glasgow has been named Glenfiddich Piping Champion 2011.

It is the fourth time Roddy Macleod has won the event, seen as piping's "ultimate accolade".

The Glenfiddich championship is only open to those who have achieved success in other UK solo piping competitions earlier in the year.

Pipers from around the world converged in the ballroom of Blair Castle in Perthshire to take part in the event, which was established in 1974.

Mr Macleod said: "I am really delighted to have won, it's my fourth time as winner so I wasn't sure if I would ever have the privilege of gaining the trophy again.

"The Glenfiddich Championship is such a fantastic event and every year the standard just gets higher, so today has been a hugely gratifying and memorable day."

'Extremely worthy'

Peter Gordon, chairman of William Grant and Sons, said: "It's an absolute pleasure to welcome the piping community to Blair Castle for the championships, and this year has been no exception.

Image caption Maggie Adamson was named Glenfiddich Fiddle Champion 2011

"The standard has been impressively high and we would like to congratulate Roddy Macleod on gaining the extremely worthy title of Glenfiddich Piping Champion 2011."

Pipers are required to compete in both the Piobaireachd and the March, Strathspey & Reel traditions.

The runner up was Stuart Liddell from Inverary and Willie McCallum from Bearsden came third.

Maggie Adamson from Shetland won the prestigous Glenfiddich Fiddle Champion 2011, beating off stiff competition from six other musicians.

The 19-year-old, who was runner-up last year, said: "I'm just thrilled to have won. It's so great to have finally gained the title.

"It's brilliant to be invited along to the competition, something I really aim for, and I've loved playing with all the other competitors, who are fantastic."

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