Burntisland hosts new pipe band championship and Games in space of three days

Burntisland Highland Games. All pictures by  Fife Photo Agency
Burntisland Highland Games. All pictures by Fife Photo Agency
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Burntisland Links was well used this week as it played host to not just one big event for the town, but two.

On Saturday, crowds gathered for a new Pipe Band Championship being held in the town for the first time.

Provost Jim Leishman with Burntisland Pipe Band

Provost Jim Leishman with Burntisland Pipe Band

Pipers from across Scotland and the north of England were in town for the contest, which was organised by the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association.

And at the end of the afternoon spectators were treated to a procession of competing bands along the High Street, led by the hugely successful Burntisland Pipe Band.

The championship has received an investment of £33,000 from Fife Council over the next three years to ensure it will thrive.

And the skirl of the pipes returned on Monday as the community enjoyed its 363rd Highland Games.

Marking the start of the fair fortnight, the weather did not dampen spirits for the popular event, with a record number of entries for many of the day’s competitions.

Former Burntisland residents came together for the annual exiles’ reception in the Burgh Chambers before the parade led by this year’s summer king and queen Stewart Paton and Renee Davies and the town’s pipe band.

Walter Anderson

Walter Anderson

Burntisland Pipe Band Championships - Citizen of the Year WALTER ANDERSON, who was guest of honour and closed the Championships, with daughter Julie

Burntisland Pipe Band Championships - Citizen of the Year WALTER ANDERSON, who was guest of honour and closed the Championships, with daughter Julie