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Piping World Championships get under way in Glasgow

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Image caption The competition will tale place over two days at Glasgow Green

Thousands of pipers have converged on Glasgow to compete in the two-day World Pipe Band Championships.

A total of 234 bands from more than a dozen nations, such as Canada, the US, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa, are contesting "The Worlds".

The competition is being staged at Glasgow Green and is the culmination of the week-long Piping Live! festival.

Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia won the competition in 2015 and were the first Scottish winner since 2005.

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Image caption Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia after winning the 2015 Worlds

This year the event welcomes one of the biggest fields in it history.

Ian Embelton, chief executive of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association, said: "Glasgow has been home to the World Pipe Band Championships for the last 30 years and you can see from the strength of the entry that the appetite from bands to come and play at Glasgow Green remains as strong as ever.

"We are looking forward to a very strong day of competition from some truly gifted, dedicated and outstanding musicians."

The Lord Provost of Glasgow and Chieftain of the World Pipe Band Championships, Sadie Docherty, said: "It is an enormous privilege to be asked to be chieftain of this truly incredible event.

"Glasgow is proud to have such a long association with the World Pipe Band Championships."

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