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Tickets on sale for Piping Inverness – which incorporates the European Pipe Band Championships


By Andrew Dixon

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Inverness Provost Helen Carmichael, Scott Taylor (Pipe Major of the City of Inverness Pipe Band) and Caitlin Brown (Piping Inverness). Picture: Callum Mackay
Inverness Provost Helen Carmichael, Scott Taylor (Pipe Major of the City of Inverness Pipe Band) and Caitlin Brown (Piping Inverness). Picture: Callum Mackay

As pipe bands prepare for a busy season of competitions in 2022, organisers of Piping Inverness are set to welcome a strong turnout next year.

After a two-year absence from major competitions, Piping Inverness – which incorporates the European Pipe Band Championships – will give them the opportunity to compete when it takes place at Bught Park on June 25.

Tickets for the event are now on sale and available to purchase from the Piping Inverness website (www.pipinginverness.com) and Caffery’s Menswear in Eastgate Shopping Centre.

In its inaugural year, Piping Inverness was hailed as an outstanding success, attracting more than 17,500 visitors and 100 pipe bands from around the world. The 2022 championship is set to mirror the same attendance.

Kevin Reilly, chairman of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association, said: “After an absence of two years, there’s excitement and anticipation about the European Pipe Band Championships – bands are desperate to get back competing.

“We are optimistic that pipe bands will embrace the return of major competitions, and that Piping Inverness will attract a similar crowd to 2019. That was one of the best competitions we’ve ever hosted, so we can’t wait to return to Inverness.”

In addition to the piping competition, there will also be Highland dance contests, live entertainment, traditional craft stalls and food and drink outlets. All of which combine to make Piping Inverness a fun-filled family-friendly event.

LCC Live is to deliver the European Pipe Band Championships in 2022 and 2023, having won a three-year tender with the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association in 2018.

Caitlin Brown, of LCC Live, said: “We’re aware that pipe bands from near and far are eager to get back to competing following a two-year absence. We’re excited to be hosting the event next year and are pleased to announce that tickets are now on sale.

“We are excited to welcome pipe bands, drummers, Highland dancers and spectators back to the area and make this another memorable championship.”

The European Pipe Band Championships in 2019 generated a multimillion-pound boost to the local economy, as well as raising the profile of the city as a venue for major events.

Inverness Provost Helen Carmichael said: “It’s great news that tickets are now available and I am sure all the pipe bands taking part are busy rehearsing and looking forward to entertaining the spectators and impressing the judges.”


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