UK Pipe Band Championships Results (picture update)

Belfast once again hosted the United Kingdom Pipe Band Championships and the spacious cricket pitch at the Civil Service Playing Fields at Stormont provided a perfect venue. It was outstanding day for St Laurence O’Toole from Dublin (pictured above) who took first in G1 and the drumming

P/M Alen Tully said: ‘After the disappointment of Paisley the band was outstanding today. We are delighted.’

St Laurence on their way to victory

The full result in Grade 1 was:
1 SLoT
2 Inveraray
3 FMM

Pipe Major Alen Tully receiving the Grade 1 trophy from the Chieftain, Deputy Lord Mayor, Councillor Emmet McDonough-Brown. Pic by RSPBA photographer Peter Hazzard

4 Scottish Power
5 Fife Police
6 Shotts
Drumming: SLoT (1,2,1,3)

Adjudicators Archie Pinkerton, Robert Mathieson, Mark Wilson, Harry Stevenson, Gordon Lawrie, Denis Livingstone and Neill Crawford

In Grade 2 the top places went to in form bands including US band Worcester Kilties.

Grade 2
1 MacKenzie Cal
2 Closkelt
3 Worcester Kilties
4 Ravara
5 Manorcunningham
6 Isle of Islay
Drumming: New Ross



Grade 3a
1 Annan
2 Uddingston Strathclyde
3 Highlanders 4 Scots
4 Marlacoo
5 St Joseph’s
6 Drumlough
Drumming: St Joseph’s

Massed bands

[/caption]Grade 3b
1 St Mary’s Derrytrasna
2 Johnstone
3 Clogher
4 Battlehill
5 Carnoustie
6 Denny
Drumming: St Mary’s

Juvenile
1 G Watson’s
2 Dollar
3 G Heriot’s
4 Boghall
5 Prestonlodge
6 W Lothian
Drumming: Watson’s

John Hughes (RSPBA Chairman), Councillor Julie Flaherty (Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon) and George Ussher (RSPBA President)

Grade 4a
1 MacNeilstown
2 MacDonald Mem
3 Lochryan
4 Cullybackey
5 Kildoag
6 Ballycoan
Drumming: Lochryan

Emma Barr (Field Marshal Montgomery) receiving the UK Adult Grade Drum Major trophy

Grade 4b
1 Gransha
2 Mid Argyll
3 Wicklow
4 Camelon
5 Strathendrick
6 Bessbrook
Drumming: Gransha

Novice A
1 Dollar
2 Oban
3 G Watson’s
4 Lochalsh Jnr
5 Stirling Schools
6 G Heriot’s
Drumming: G Watson’s

Novice B
1 Troon BB
2 Boghall
3 Prestonlodge
Drumming: Boghall

Get full summaries here. Thanks to John Kelly and Peter Hazzard for the photographs.


5 thoughts on “UK Pipe Band Championships Results (picture update)

  1. The O’Tooles, of course, may have had unfair advantage in having some supernatural help. The heart of St Laurence O’Toole, stolen from Christchurch Cathedral in 2012, was discovered and returned in April this year. It was rumoured that the thieves, who were said not to have been Irish, were spooked after members of their extended family suffered heart-attacks in the aftermath of the theft, and they left the heart for police to find.
    Perhaps, St Laurence donned the green kilt for the day, and may continue to do so throughout the season.

  2. When are the SPBA going to sort out the judging theres no way SLOT should have won that on Saturday people are fed up with this.

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