Ullapool band pipe a winning tune

A delighted Ullapool Pipe Band celebrate their win
A delighted Ullapool Pipe Band celebrate their win

Ullapool and District Pipe Band were crowned winners of their category at last weekend’s World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow.

In their 12-band section, Ullapool and District beat off stiff competition from Cleland Memorial and Portavogie to finish top in the Grade 4A grading.


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Sgoil Lionacleit (pictured above) finished third in their 20-band section (Novice B) behind Troon Boys Brigade and Bucksburn and District. Lochalsh Junior Pipe Band (below) finished eighth in that section.

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Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band from Northern Ireland was named the World Pipe Band Champions for 2016. Inverary and District finished second and St Laurence O’Toole from the Republic of Ireland were third. The 2016 event was the 30th year in a row Glasgow has hosted the World Pipe Band Championships.

In total 15 nations were represented at the Worlds, as they are affectionately known, including bands from Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Canada, England, USA, New Zealand, Australia, Denmark, Switzerland, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Belgium, the Netherlands and Scotland.

Over 230 pipe bands brought around 8000 pipers and drummers to Glasgow Green to compete. Over 35,000 people attended the event over two days.