Coronavirus in Scotland: World Pipe Band Championships cancelled a second time over Covid concerns

The World Pipe Band Championships planned for August this year has been cancelled due to coronavirus.

Monday, 19th April 2021, 5:45 pm
The World Pipe Band Championships 2021, due to take place at Glasgow Green in August has been cancelled
The World Pipe Band Championships 2021, due to take place at Glasgow Green in August has been cancelled

Hundreds of bands from across the world were hoping to compete in the event this summer in Glasgow after last year’s were called off.

But, for the second year in a row, the championships have been cancelled because of the impact of the pandemic.

Having previously been held in the city every year since 1986, musicians have shared their disappointment.

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Kevin Reilly, chairman of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association (RSPBA), said: “The World Pipe Band Championships is the competition where bands, pipers and drummers want to test themselves against the very best.

“It is a showcase for the best bands in the world and it is evident getting bands ready to play the toughest competition in the world and get them to Glasgow is impossible this year.

“Everyone involved is naturally disappointed but we remain hopeful we can stage the Worlds, as we know them, in 2022.”

The World Pipe Band Championships is delivered on behalf of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association by the charity Glasgow Life.

Dr Bridget McConnell, chief executive of Glasgow Life said: "The World Pipe Band Championships is an event Glasgow always looks forward to hosting and in conjunction with the RSPBA and EventScotland we had hoped another memorable occasion on Glasgow Green would be possible.

"Having taken time to explore several delivery options together, it is clear to all involved that we can't stage anything like the World Championships people know and love. We hope to be able to welcome bands and supporters back to Glasgow Green next summer."

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