Glasgow & West Scotland

Pipers arrive in Glasgow for competition

World Pipe Band Championships
Image caption Pipers from round the world will compete at the event

8,000 pipers and drummers from 16 nations are due to compete in the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow this weekend.

Ahead of the competition, six of the bands will "beat the retreat" from Blythswood Square, marching to George Square.

The event at Glasgow Green regularly attracts thousands of spectators.

The World Pipe Band Championships have been associated with Glasgow for almost 70 years.

Every year more than 200 bands bring thousands of people to Glasgow Green for the unique sights and sounds of the event which is affectionately known as "The Worlds".

Alongside the bands, pipers and drummers, spectators will also see the Glasgow World Highland Games and Highland Dancing Competitions.

The bands taking part in Beat the Retreat this year are: Sons of Scotland from Canada, St Andrews Society of Winnipeg, Pasadena Scottish from America, New Ross & District from Ireland, Gradlon Piping Society from France and UM Pipes & Drums of St Gallen from Switzerland.

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