OVER 200 of the world’s best pipe bands descended on Glasgow Green this weekend for the annual World Pipe Band Championships, with a band from Inverary unexpectedly taking the top award.

Celebrating 70 years of competition, the event hosted pipers from across the globe for the two-day musical showcase. In an area of Glasgow usually populated by gig-goers and football fans, kilted musicians from the USA, Canada and Argentina lined the streets of the Gallowgate.

Fifteen nations competed for the major trophy but Field Marshall Montgomery Pipe Band from Northern Ireland were the talking point for many. Having won the competition five out the last six years, piping fans were eager to see if the favourited could scoop another title.

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However, Inverary and District band lived out their own pipe dream when they took first place and were named the world champions – ending the winning reign of their predecessors.

Tens of thousands of people attended the popular event – armed with picnic rugs and camping chairs they made the most of the dry weather and fare that was on offer. The food court on the Green catered for the international palette with options ranging from Mexican burritos and stone-fired pizzas, to gourmet venison stovies with beetroot.

The competing bands are separated into six grade categories, from Grade 1, the highest standard of players, to the under-18 novice bands. A large arena had been constructed on the Green, where all Grade 1 bands competed. Marching in to the field in sync they formed a circle in the centre and exhibited a skilful display of musicianship, drummers twirling their sticks during the rest beats and pipers' fingers moving faster than we can compute.

For the many who were unlucky finding a seat to view the main attraction, a large screen featured above the field and projected the image of the tartan-clad competitors to those who had gathered close by, making sure no-one missed out. Smaller performance arenas were situated around the green and pipers used every spare bit of land to gather and practice for their shot – meaning spectators were never far away from a show.

The family affair ensured that everyone's needs were met, with a beer garden, kids' zone and dog bowls for the furry clientele. Highland dancing and Highland games were also on offer for the more curious attendees looking for some variety.