Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band are the new World Champions. They won both MSR and Medley sections to take the title today at a cold, but ultimately sunny, Glasgow Green. The above picture shows their P/M Ryan Canning on the giant ‘screen on the Green’ shortly after he received the Worlds trophy.
Runners-up were Ireland’s St Laurence O’Toole and they won all the drumming prizes. Shotts’ win was a first major of the season for P/M Canning and unique in modern times in that he won the title without having secured a major championship prior to the big one. Two other important facts: the accolade returns the Worlds title to Scotland for the first time in ten years, the last home winners being Shotts under P/M Robert Mathieson in 2005.
The other places: 3rd Inveraray & District, 4th Field Marshal Montgomery, 5th SFU, 6th Scottish Power. There was an outstanding win for young P/M Keith Bowes when his Johnstone band took Grade 2 in a tight contest with Bleary and District from Northern Ireland. Thus Scotland, and the Glasgow & West of Scotland Branch of the RSPBA, secured the two major first prizes of the day. The other grades all went to Irish bands, but Scotland came to the fore in Juvenile (Dollar Academy) and Novice (George Watson’s)
Grade 3a: Annsborough; Grade 3b: Colmcille; Grade 4a: Major Sinclair Memorial; Grade 4b: Portavogie.
After the results were announced P/M Canning said he was shocked and delighted at the prize. Check Piping Press tomorrow for more on the big day with full interviews and expert analysis. Full results and summaries here.