Wallacestone pipe band tunes up for world championship

Wallacestone and District is thought to be the oldest civillian pipe band in the world
Wallacestone and District is thought to be the oldest civillian pipe band in the world

The oldest civilian pipe band in the world is aiming to hit the high notes at an international competition next month.

Wallacestone and District will be taking part at the World Pipe Band Championships on Saturday, August 16, at Glasgow Green where it will take on the very best pipers and drummers from across the globe.

The band was founded in 1887 and first competed at the ‘Worlds’ in 1947. It was last crowned champion in 1980, the same year it won British and European titles.

Wallacestone secretary Stephen Macdonald said: “The Worlds is the ultimate pipe band contest and every band member always looks forward to this special event. It’s also a highlight of the year because you can hear the best pipe bands in one place as well as meet up with many friends.”

Ian Embelton, chief executive of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association, said: “Given their strong link with the Worlds, which spans nearly seven decades, I’m delighted that Wallacestone and District will be joining us again at Glasgow Green in 2014.”