Field Marshal Montgomery triumph at Pipe Band Championships

The UK Pipe Band and Drum Majors Championships in association with the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association (RSPBA) were held in the stunning surroundings of the Stormont Estate on Saturday June 10.

Over 100 bands from varying competition grades ranging from juvenile right up to Grade One plus drum majors and highland dancers passed through the gates of the Stormont Estate, all hoping to be crowned UK champions. The Chieftain of the Gathering was the new Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Nuala McAllister who was accompanied by her partner Sam Nelson and their baby son Finn in what was his first official engagement.

March past:    George Ussher (RSPBA President) pictured with the Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Nuala McAllister (Chieftain of the Gathering) and her son Finn during the march past at the UK Pipe Band Championships at Stormont on Saturday 10th June.

March past: George Ussher (RSPBA President) pictured with the Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Nuala McAllister (Chieftain of the Gathering) and her son Finn during the march past at the UK Pipe Band Championships at Stormont on Saturday 10th June.

The Northern Ireland winners on the day were: Grade 1 - Field Marshal Montgomery (also drumming), Grade 4a - St Mary’s Derrytrasna and McDonald Memorial - drumming, Grade 4b - Gransha (also drumming). The drum major winners were: Adult Grade - Alicia Dickson-Hamilton (Matt Boyd Memorial), Juvenile Grade - Emma Barr (Field Marshal Montgomery) and Junior Grade - Jamie Cupples (Aughintober).