With the Highland town of Forres girding its loins to welcome, for the last time, the RSPBA European Championship, the melting tar or the roads north will be well beaten by the end of the weekend. For Southern France read Northern Scotland – don’t forget hats and sun protection, writes MacStig.
Grade 2 adjudicators for the day? We should fear for their hydration levels and sunburn given the ‘scorchio’ forecast. Barry Donaldson and Gordon Lawrie BEM take the piping duties, with Gregory Dinsdale on Drumming and Tony Sloane, Ensemble. They may be delighted with a 10 band contest in blazing sun.
1 14:30 Royal Burgh of Stirling
2 14:39 Kilchoman Distillery Isle of Islay
3 14:48 Bucksburn and District
4 14:57 Balagan – Denmark
5 15:06 Grampian Police Scotland
6 15:15 Mackenzie Caledonian
7 15:24 Scottish Fire and Rescue Services Pipe Band
8 15:33 City of Discovery
9 15:42 Wallacestone and District
10 15:51 Closkelt
First off, the Royal Burgh of Stirling, with a zippy drum corps which shone in Paisley (also MSR) but which was a bit off the pace in Belfast. They are followed by Kilchoman Isle of Islay, and I forecast their shiniest of shiny drums will be blinding as the sun gleams from the very interesting surface colour. I predict Islay to be knocking on the door or just inside the prize list threshold.
• Check here for results from Forres from 6pm tomorrow or follow the RSPBA’s superb Twitter feed for the winners as they are announced.