Buchan Pipe Band in championship

The European Pipe Band Championships, sponsored by Benromach Speyside Single Malt Whisky, will be held in Forres, Moray on Saturday, June 29 and Buchan Pipe Band are hoping to add the Grade 2 European Pipe Band title to the Grade 2 British Champion title they won at Bathgate on Saturday, May 25.

123 bands, including 13 Grade 1 bands and the current European and World Grade 1, 2 and Juvenile Champions will play in Grant Park in four arenas, offering an opportunity to see world class piping in Moray.

Doors open at 8.30am with the first band on at 10am and continuous piping in the 4 arenas until presentations at around 5pm, which will be followed by 123 bands playing together on the park - a sound expected to be heard for miles around Moray.

As well as almost 400 pipers and drummers from ages 8 to 80 in their colourful tartans, there will be Highland Dancers and food and craft stalls, a wide selection of catering and family entertainments.

David Urquhart of Forres Events Ltd said: “This is a great opportunity for us all here in the North of Scotland to come and see world class piping close to home. Come and cheer on your local band or see the pipers and drummers of the future in the juvinile and novice bands.”

For more information visit: www.rspba.org.