Renfrewshire Council

Provost British Pipe Band 2017

Paisley was piping hot for British Championships

I was delighted to attend the British Pipe Band Championships last month in one of my first official engagements since taking up my new role as Renfrewshire's Provost.

The Championships were a resounding success as thousands turned out to Paisley's St James' Playing Fields to see bands from as far as Canada, Denmark and Ireland compete for some of some of bagpiping's most prestigious titles.

Despite a slightly wet start to the day, the damp conditions did nothing to take away from a terrific day of talented performances across various grades.

I was in awe of the stunning sights and sounds of the evening's marchpast of the over 4000 pipers and drummers in attendance, which was perfectly met by a backdrop of glorious sunshine.

It was also a privilege to join event chieftain Corrine Hutton - founder of the Finding Your feet charity, and the first quadruple amputee to climb Ben Nevis - for the prize-giving.

Corrine was awarded the Freedom of Renfrewshire last year in honour of her outstanding fundraising work and it's great to see people in the community being recognised for their efforts.

My congratulations go to the Inveraray and District Pipe Band who reclaimed their title of British Champions for the second year running in a highly competitive competition.

The overall success of the event showcased Paisley's ability to host big crowds and events of national importance - which can only bode well for the town's bid for UK City of Culture 2021.

This was also the second of a three-year run in which Paisley will host the competition and I certainly cannot wait for next year's piping extravaganza.

To find out the full list of 2017 competition winners, visit www.rspba.org.uk.

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