Championships hailed a success

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Thousands of visitors flocked to Aden Country Park on Sunday for the North of Scotland Champion of Champions pipe band competition.

Teams from Moray, Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire arrived in Mintlaw to participate in the annual contest.

Approximately 4,000 people turned out to see the show and the many side stalls. The afternoon of music also included a drum majors competition and Highland dancing.

The day finished off with a grand parade of bands and trophy presentations, with Councillor Norman Smith handing out the prizes.

The competition is now in its 19th year, having started in 1993 as the Banff and Buchan Pipe Band Contest, before being renamed in 1994. The event is organised by the Buchan Pipe Band.

Commenting on the event, secretary of the Aden Park competition, Helen Simpson, said: “It was a great day, the weather was super.

“There were 15 bands over all of the grades and around 4,000 people were there. It was really busy. There were around a dozen stalls, and they seemed to do well.

“We would like to thank all of our sponsors and everyone who helped to make the day such a success,” she added.

Results were as follows:

GRADE 1 - 1 Buchan Peterson SBS; 2 Deeside Caledonia JCE Energy.

Champion of Champions - Buchan Peterson SBS; DRUMMING - Buchan Peterson SBS.

GRADE 2 - 1 Buchan Peterson SBS; 2 Deeside Caledonia JCE Energy; 3 Fraserburgh RBL.

Champion of Champions - Buchan Peterson SBS; DRUMMING - Buchan Peterson SBS.

GRADE 3 - 1 Portlethen & District; 2 Fraserburgh RBL; 3 Elgin & District.

Champion of Champions - Fraserburgh RBL; DRUMMING - Fraserburgh RBL.

GRADE 4 MSR - 1 Portlethen & District; 2 Deeside Caledonia; 3 Bucksburn & District N/J.

Champion of Champions - Portlethen & District; DRUMMING - Portlethen & District.

GRADE 4 MARCH - 1 Bucksburn & District N/J; 2 Portlethen & District; 3 Oldmeldrum RBL.

Champion of Champions - Bucksburn & District N/J; DRUMMING - Portlethen & District. And Bucksburn & District N/J.

DRUM MAJORS - 1 Michael Leitch, Deeside Caledonia JCE Energy; 2 Helen Simpson, Buchan Peterson SBS.

Champion of Champions - Michael Leitch, Deeside Caledonia JCE Energy.

JUVENILE DRUM MAJOR - 1 Isla Mowat, Fraserburgh RBL.

Champion of Champions - Isla Mowat, Fraserburgh RBL.