Thousands of world class pipers and drummers are set to flock to Paisley for the British Pipe Band Championships, one of the most prestigious events in the global piping calendar – second only to the world championships which are set to be held 2021.
Paisley is celebrating its fourth year of hosting the championships having been chosen to host the event yet again as one of piping’s five ‘majors’, the day is free to attend and attendees can expect a full day of family entertainment from 10am to 6pm, including Highland Games, a food village and sports activities.
Bands from across the UK are set to be accompanied by drum and pipe majors from America, Denmark and Belgium to fight it out at St James Playing Fields, 123 teams are expected to compete in what will be a heavily anticipated event for Pipe band lovers the world over.
Chief executive of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association, Ian Embelton said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Paisley to bring the British Championships to the town once again.
“This is the first of the annual majors and many of the world’s best pipe bands will be competing. For anyone who hasn’t been before, my message would be come along on the day and enjoy some top- class piping and drumming.”
The event last year attracted an estimated 17,000 visitors and generated more than £300,000 for the local economy.
Event organisers Renfrewshire Council and the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association have partnered up with McGill’s to offer buses to transport visitors free of charge to and from the event.
Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson said:” Hosting major events like this helps to build on Paisley and Renfrewshire’s now-established reputation as a key destination on Scotland’s events map.”
Local interest is set to heighten on the day as the Johnstone Pipe Band going head to head with the world’s best in the prestigious Grade 1 competition and another looking to win a Grade 3a having topped Grade B last year.
The Kilbarchan Pipe Band will feature in the Grade 4b contest, while the Renfrewshire Schools Pipe Band will be hoping to either equal or do better than last year’s performance when they came third in Novice Junior Grade B in their first major championships.