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15,000 turn out for British Pipe Band Championship in Paisley

Paisley came alive with the sound of pipes and drums as around 15,000 people turned out for the one of the biggest events in world piping.

The British Pipe Band Championships – taking place at the St James Playing Fields on their first-ever visit to the town – saw a record entry of around 4,000 pipers and drummers.

15,000 turn out for British Pipe Band Championship in Paisley

The championships are organised by the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association and were hosted by Renfrewshire Council as part of the build-up to Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021.

Huge numbers gathered around the competition arena in the park as the day wore on, before the final march-past and prize-giving watched by event chieftain, Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall.

The council organised free family entertainment in the park and the weather stayed dry for most of the day, with some spells of sunshine to warm the crowds.

Provost Anne Hall said: “Hosting major events like this is really putting Paisley on the map as a thriving visitor destination ahead of the Paisley 2021 bid.

“I was honoured to be the chieftain of such a great event. The crowd really enjoyed themselves and the atmosphere was fantastic.”

RSPBA chief executive Ian Embelton added: “This was the first of a three-year run for the championships in Paisley and we were pleased to receive a record entry of bands.

“We were delighted with the organisation and turnout, which exceeded all expectations, and are looking forward to next year already.”