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Spotlight on: British Pipe Band Championship

One of the biggest events in world piping - the British Pipe Band Championship - is on its way to Paisley ... and with lots on, here's a quick low down on what to expect.

The event starts at 9.00am - 6.30pm on Saturday 21 May 2016, but the party will continue into the night with live entertainment in Paisley Town Centre.

St James Playing Fields will be turned into a spectacle of sight and sound, with anywhere between 3,500 and 4,000 pipers and drummers from across the UK and abroad set to compete on the day, across 200 live performances.

The 2016 event will be the start of a three-year run for the championships in Paisley, having taken place in Bathgate for the past three years.

A crowd of tens of thousands of spectators is expected, with attractions including a food and drink village featuring international cuisine and Scottish fayre as well as a fully-licensed bar.

The British Pipe Band Championships are one of five major championships run each year by the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association. The running order for the day is now online on the RSPBA website.

Other entertainment will include a Highland dancing competition, climbing wall and archery run by Renfrewshire Leisure and activities hosted by the Street Stuff youth team including dance team, football skills and games consoles.

There will also be face painting, giant games (including jenga, chess and Connect 4), as well as crazy golf and a bouncy castle. All activities will run from 9.30am to 6pm and are free.

Travel and parking

There will be designated event parking on the day at West College Scotland (Renfrew Road, PA3 4DR), the Paisley 2021 stadium (Greenhill Road, PA3 1RU - disabled parking priority), Paisley Grammar School (in Glasgow Road, PA1 3RP) and Castlehead High School (Canal Street, PA1 2HL).

Free shuttle buses will run directly to the event site throughout the day from West College Scotland and from the Paisley 2021 Stadium, as well as from Paisley Gilmour Street train station.

These will run every five minutes from 9am to noon, every 15 minutes from noon to 4.30pm, and every five minutes from 4.30 to 7pm.

Visitors should be aware there will be no on-site parking at the St James Playing Fields for the public - this will be for pipe band coaches and event officials only.