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Last Updated: Sunday, 17 August, 2003, 09:08 GMT 10:08 UK
Scots pipers best in the world
The City of Tokyo band warmed up in the centre of Glasgow
The City of Tokyo band warmed up in the centre of Glasgow
Bagpipers from around the globe gathered in Glasgow for the World Pipe Band Championships, but it was a Scottish outfit which marched away with the title.

The Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band were victorious in a tournament which contained 230 bands comprising more than 7,000 pipers on Glasgow Green.

The band won the overall contest for a record 14th time.

It last won the prestigious event in 2000 and is the only Scottish unit to claim the trophy in the past 12 years.

Last year the Field Marshal Montgomery band from Northern Ireland took top prize, wrenching the title away from the Canadian-based Simon Fraser University's pipers.

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Contestants travelled from as far afield as the USA, Australia, Oman and Japan for the event, which was previewed with the "Beat the Retreat" parade from Blythswood Square to George Square.

The championships have been held in Glasgow since 1986.

They are organised by the city council and the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Organisation.

Glasgow Lord Provost Liz Cameron, chieftain of the championships, said: "We are delighted to welcome back pipe bands from Britain and around the globe to take part in this spectacular event.

"This is the highlight of the piping calendar, and this fantastic competition gives us the opportunity to promote Glasgow internationally, and a chance for everyone to experience magnificent music on the Green."


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