Craigavon & District Pipe Band and Drum Major Championships

Picture special by John Kelly

John Kelly


John Kelly


Lurgan Park was transformed into a spectacular musical scene on Saturday 9th June with the Craigavon & District Pipe Band and Drum Major Championships attracting thousands of people to the dazzling one day event. 

Organised by the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association (Co. Down Section) in partnership with Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, the event was a great success and showcased the brilliant talents of the world class competitors who put on a fantastic musical display for visitors and guests. 

People came from near and far, to once again enjoy this prestigious event.  The competition was tough and the atmosphere was electric throughout the picturesque park.  While listening to the terrific melodies, visitors also sampled a wide range of delicious food and treats while children enjoyed face painting and a fairground zone. 

The Chieftain of the Day was Councillor Julie Flaherty, the new Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council.

 Speaking of the event the Lord Mayor said, “What a way to end my first week as Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council.  I can honestly say that I was honoured to receive the salute as Chieftain of the Day.  I thoroughly enjoyed the music and the spectacular way the event and in particular the grand finale was presented.  The volume of the sound and the volume and talent of the band members made it a truly stunning and very emotion day for me in a glorious day of sunshine at Lurgan Park”.


The main winners on the day were: Grade 1: PSNI, Grade 2: Closkelt, Grade 3A: Marlacoo & District, Grade 3B:  St Mary’s Derrytrasna, Grade 4A:  McNeillstown and Grade 4B: Gransha.  The drum major winners were: Lauren Hanna (Adult Grade), Jamie Cupples (Juvenile Grade), Louis Anderson (Junior Grade) and Louise Smiton (Novice Grade).

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