Major new pipe band event for Burntisland

Burntisland and District Pipe Band in action
Burntisland and District Pipe Band in action
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Burntisland is set to host a new major annual event beginning this year bringing thousands of visitors to the town.

The new Pipe Band Championship aims to bring huge numbers on the busiest weekend of the year - Saturday, July 18 - just two days before the town hosts the second oldest Highland Games Day in the world.

Fife Council has invested £33,000 from its Strategic Events Investment Programme over the next three years into the show to ensure this new championship will thrive.

The annual event is set to attract some of the best pipe bands which will compete at different grades - and it is expected to attract a significant number of visitors from across Scotland and further afield.

The event is estimated to generate around £340,00 for the local economy each year and attract around 13,500 visitors, competitors and their families who flock to see the pipe bands in action.

Councillor Neil Crooks, chairman of Kirkcaldy Area Committee, said: “I am delighted to welcome this new strategic event for Burntisland, particularly as this announcement comes in the same year as Burntisland Pipe Band are reigning world champions in their class.

“We have a firm commitment to regenerating our local communities and this event will see that commitment in action.”

Denis Johnstone, Burntisland Pipe Band spokesman, has been working towards the event taking place for some time now - and he is delighted that it has finally become a reality.

He said: “This is a fantastic event.

“It has been our goal to have a contest in Burntisland for a number of years and it is great to finally achieve this.

“Thanks go to Fife Council and to the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association (RSPBA) for their help.

“Hopefully this event will grow over the years,” he added.

Linda Temple, Fife Council’s Cultural Partnerships and Events strategy manager, added: “I have every confidence it will keep Burntisland on the map as a major day-out destination and generate significant economic impacts for the town.”

The Pipe Band Championship will take place on Saturday, July 18 in Burntisland with the location to be announced.

This new event will see close to 14,000 visitors arrive in town to witness pipe bands from all over the country and further afield showcase their talents in a bid to win honours.

For more information on the championship event, visit www.rspba.org/index.php or log on to the Fife Council website at www.fifedirect.org.uk/events