Tayside and Central Scotland

Glenfiddich piping and fiddle champions crowned

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Image caption Stuart Liddell won the Glenfiddich Piping Championship

Stuart Liddell, from Inveraray in Argyll, has been crowned the Glenfiddich Piping Champion.

The event, now in its 41st year, is seen as piping's "ultimate accolade".

The championship is only open to those who have achieved success in other solo piping competitions earlier in the year.

Pipers from around the world converged on Blair Castle in Perthshire to take part in the event, which was established in 1974.

Mr Liddell said, "Competing at the Glenfiddich Championship, you know that you are up against the best of the best, and there is no knowing what way it is going to go on the day. It is always going to be the smallest fraction that separates the winner from the others.

"It's an absolute honour and privilege to be here competing with such talent and I'll look forward to celebrating with everyone this evening."

Image caption Mari Black from Cambridge, Massachusetts is crowned Glenfiddich Fiddle Championship winner 2014

Meanwhile, on Sunday, Mari Black from Cambridge, Massachusetts, was crowned this year's Glenfiddich Fiddle Champion.

The prestigious championship started in 1989 following the success of the piping championship.

Mari said: "It's wonderful to be able to compete against such a range of incredible talent, and an honour to take part in a competition which is regarded so highly in the world of traditional fiddle music.

"It's been an incredible day and I'm still surprised to have won. I won't forget this experience".

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