City plays host to the European Championships
Pictured at the launch
of the event are (l-r front row) Amy
Gray, Highland Dancer, Emma Barr, Drum
Major and current European title holder,
Holly McMullan, Highland Dancer, (second
Row) Mayor Ronnie Crawford, (third row)
Mariad Wilson, Piper
PIPE bands from across Europe will be
descending on Lisburn for the European Pipe Band Championships
this Saturday at the Lagan Valley Leisureplex.
One hundred and twenty Pipe bands and over 50
Drum Majors from across Europe promise a spectacular show and a
great family day out for all.
This is the second time that this prestigious
event has been hosted by the City of Lisburn. In 2004, 20,000
visitors turned up to enjoy the day's festivities and this year
promises to be just as exciting.
Mervyn Herron, RSPBA NI branch says of the
"We are truly delighted to be hosting the
European Championships in the City of Lisburn again, these
championships are held in very high regard throughout the Pipe
Band community and we're sure that Lisburn will guarantee an
amazing day out for all the family. "We're welcoming somewhere
in the region of 4000 competitors on the day from all across
Ireland, Scotland, England and the rest of Europe which will
undoubtedly create an exciting and fun atmosphere on the day.
"Competition is rife and Lisburn will be out
in force to support current World Champions, Field Marshal
Montgomery Pipe Band who will be competing on the day for the
title or European Champions."
The event, organised by the Royal Scottish
Pipe Band Association, has been running for over 50 years and
has established itself as the second largest competition of its
kind in the world, second only to the World Championships which
will take place in Glasgow in August.
Pipe bands will be judged on piping, drumming
and ensemble and the RSPBA are delighted to welcome 18 judges
from Northern Ireland, ROI and Scotland as the judging panel for
this prestigious event.
A whole host of activities for all the family
Pictured at the launch are
Highland Dancers, Amy Gray (left) and Holly McMullan
(right) with Drum Major and current title holder
Emma Barr from Ravara Pipe
Pictured at the launch are (front)
Mariad Wilson, Piper, Annsborough Pipe Band, (back
l-r) Ryan Ferry, Drum Major and current European
title holder from the Aughintober Pipe Band, Kenny
Crowthers, Treasurer, RSPBA and Jonathon Greenlees,
Piper and current world champion, Field Marshal
Drum Majors, will 'wow' the crowds with their
spectacular display, and will be judged on variety and
difficulty of their movements as well as marching and
deportment. Current European Champions are Kathy Megarry-Calvin,
Upper Crossgare, Ryan Ferry, Aughintober and Emma Barr, Ravara.
Alongside the pipe bands and impressive drum
majors there will be a whole host of other activities to
entertain the young and the young at heart, from a climbing wall
for the slightly more adventurous, to a funfair, highland
dancing, craft stalls and plenty of food and drink stalls, the
day will be packed full of fun and entertainment.
Mayor of Lisburn, Ronnie Crawford will be in
attendance and is delighted that the city has once again secured
the bid to host the event; "Lisburn is becoming a more vibrant
and buzzing city as each day passes and this is reflected in the
number of events that take place here each year" he said.
The fact that we have won the European Pipe
Bands Championships back to the City for the second time gives
us great pleasure and I am certainly looking forward to seeing
the impressive sights and hearing the wonderful sounds of the
talented Bands and Drum Majors, I'm sure many people from
Lisburn and beyond will come along to enjoy the day - they
certainly won't be disappointed."
Entrance to the event is free and there will
be on site car parking charged at £5 per car for the day.
Champions on DVD
MORE than 60 years on since its formation in
the town land of Drumalig, the Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe
Band has amassed a total of 35 RSPBA major championships
including six world championships and seven Champion of
But it is only occasionally that the
opportunity arises to perform before an audience drawn from the
scattered pipe band global community. That occasion was when
they performed at their 2007 RE-CHARGED concert in Glasgow.
They added to the concert material interviews from some past
members to create a DVD so everyone has the opportunity to sit
back and enjoy the amazing performance of the Grade 1 world