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Crowd braves rain at piping party
A pipe band puts in some practice during the event
Torrential rain did not stop play at one of Scotland's largest celebrations of national culture.

Despite the inclement weather, pipe bands from the UK and beyond were out in force at the 100 Pipers Scottish Pipe Band Championships on Saturday.

The event in Levengrove Park, Dumbarton, was hailed a success with more than 140 bands from across the world descending on Dunbartonshire.

Thousands of spectators attended the event which has become a leading showcase for Scottish music, culture and dance.

Umbrellas and waterproofs were the order of the day as the town was buffeted by showers and high winds.

However, the gales and horizontal rain did not deter coachloads of bands and their supporters from attending the competition.

Bands take this event very seriously and train as hard any orchestra
Mark Sutherland
Denny and Dunipace Pipe Band

Mark Sutherland, of the Denny and Dunipace Pipe Band, had travelled with his family to enjoy the day.

He said: "It's a pity about the weather but that is Scotland for you. It is always a good day out and people really enjoy themselves.

"The standard of piping is also very high. Bands take this event very seriously and train as hard any orchestra."

West Dunbartonshire Council's Provost Denis Agnew, said: "It's a great honour to once again host the Scottish Pipe Band Championships at Levengrove Park.

A young boy
A young piping fan gets in on the action at Levengrove Park

"About 140 bands from across Britain and other parts of the world put on a marvellous performance for the public's enjoyment and relished the opportunity to compete against the very best from the UK and beyond."

Christian Porta, chairman and chief executive of event sponsor Chivas Brothers, said: "We are proud to be involved in the event and to support the local community with our sponsorship."

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