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Dumbarton Set to Welcome Thousands for 2017 Scottish Pipe Band Championships

Drum major Beth Turner is getting plenty of practice in ahead of the 2017 Scottish Pipe Band Championships on Saturday 29 July 2017.

The 10-year-old Dumbarton girl is barely as tall as the mace she carries in her role as drum major with the College of Piping pipe band. But she’s already an expert in the art of marching and flourishing – otherwise known as spinning, throwing and catching the mace which she uses to pass on commands to the band.

Around 25,000 people are expected to attend the Scottish Pipe Band Championships at Levengrove Park in Dumbarton on Saturday 29 July. And with this being the largest free to attend pipe band competition in the world, it’s sure to be another bumper year for West Dunbartonshire.

This great family day out runs from 9am to 6pm and spectators can enjoy a day of Highland dancing competitions, a fun fair, a wide selection of trader stalls and, of course, the unmistakable sound of the pipes and drums from some of the best pipe bands in the world.

That’s without even mentioning the spectacular sight of the incredibly skilled drum majors.

There will also be a range of free activities and games for all ages on offer at the West Dunbartonshire Leisure ‘Sports Zone’.

West Dunbartonshire Provost and Chieftain of the Scottish Pipe Band Championships, William Hendrie, is looking forward to what promises to be another spectacular day in the shadow of Dumbarton Castle.

Provost Hendrie said: “I can hardly wait to welcome many thousands of people to Levengrove Park for the Scottish Pipe Band Championships. As the new Provost in West Dunbartonshire, I am honoured to be taking on the role of Chieftain for this wonderful event, which West Dunbartonshire has had the honour of hosting for the last 18 years. Few events can boast the colour, historical significance, the sounds and sights of a pipe band competition and the Scottish Championships is one that so many people look forward to.”

While the spectators are counting down the days to the big event, competitors are honing their performances in the hope of landing the top prize.

Beth Turner said: “I can’t wait because it’s always such a fun day. I will be taking part in the Junior Drum Majors category and I’m really looking forward to it. It’s great that there will be so many people coming to Dumbarton for the day.”

Ian Embelton, Chief Executive of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association, added: “Every year the Scottish Pipe Band Championships gets better and better and we receive very positive feedback from competitors and spectators alike. This is a very popular and important event on the piping calendar and we once again look forward to welcoming thousands of people, including those who travel long distances from overseas, to Levengrove Park.”

As well as all the pipe band and Highland dancing action, spectators will be spoilt for choice in terms of the food and activity stalls on offer at the event. Whether you fancy some ice cream, a burger, some pizza or even an Arbroath Smokie, you’ll be catered for. And with a falconry display and temporary tattoos among the many activities on offer, there’s sure to be something for just about everyone.

Visitors are advised that park and pay facility will be available at the venue, however due to the high volume of visitors expected to attend the event, attendees are encouraged to use public transport.

Dalreoch railway station and buses into Dumbarton High Street are both within easy walking distance of the park. 

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