Northern Ireland

Belfast considers bid for World Pipe Band Championships

Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band celebrate world title win
Image caption Field Marshal Montgomery Band from Lisburn celebrated a world title win at the weekend

Belfast City Council is considering making a bid to host the World Pipe Band Championships.

Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band from Lisburn collected the world title on Sunday in front of more than 30,000 people in Glasgow.

Northern Ireland has not hosted the event since 1962 when it was staged in Belfast.

Belfast City Council said a report would be brought before its Development Committee later this month.

"Belfast has been asked to bid for the chance to host the World Pipe Band Championships through our relationship with the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association (RPBSA)," a council spokeswoman said.

"We have the opportunity to bid to host them from 2013-15 and a report will be brought for discussion to the Development Committee later this month.

"Over the last two years Belfast has successfully hosted the European Pipe Band Championships, establishing a very successful partnership with the RSPBA which will continue when we host the European Championships again next year.

"We await the decision of committee before undertaking any further work."

Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band claimed their seventh world championship title at the weekend, making them one of the most successful pipe bands in history.

Northern Ireland also claimed 17 out of a potential 18 titles in the drum major section.

This year 8,000 pipers participated in the competition which is estimated to be worth millions of pounds to the local economy in Scotland.

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