Burntisland and District Pipe Band set to take on the world

Burntisland and District Pipe Band
Burntisland and District Pipe Band

Burntisland and District Pipe Band will take centre stage at the World Pipe Band Championships next month.

The band return to Glasgow for the world’s top piping competition with the hope of picking up some silverware.

The Worlds, as the event is affectionately known, will be staged at Glasgow Green on Saturday, August 16, with Grade 1 qualifiers taking place the day before.

More than 200 bands and 8000 pipers from all over the world will flock to the city for the biggest event in the piping calendar.

Burntisland & District Pipe Band is one of the oldest civilian bands in Scotland and is thought to date back to 1923.

The band will be taking part in the Grade 4B qualifying round with pipe bands from across the globe including the United States and Switzerland with the hope to progress and take some trophies back home to Fife.

Burntisland’s pipers and drummers have been practicing for the upcoming event and are excited at the prospect of performing in front of more than 25,000 people.

Denis Johnstone, band secretary said: “We have been competing in the world championships for the last 15 years now.

“We believe that we have a band that is more than capable of picking up a prize or two at this year’s event.

“The Worlds is always a fantastic day out for us and our supporters and family and it is great for the lower grade bands to get the chance to see at close quarters, the best in the world performing.”

The event is a great family day out with free entry for children aged five years and under.

Attractions include the ladies’ World Highland Games, Highland Dancing competition, a range of children’s activities including a Loch Ness Monster puppet show, face painting and a climbing wall, a Flavour of Scotland area and numerous food and drink stalls.

Tickets are available now and can be bought by calling 0141 353 8000 or by visiting the website www.peoplemakeglasgow.com/piping.