MORE than 10,000 people braved the rain for the 2019 Scottish Pipe Band Championships as it celebrated 20 years in West Dunbartonshire.

Pipers and drummers from more than 120 bands descended on Levengrove Park, Dumbarton for the event on Saturday.

There were celebrations for Inveraray and District who took the Grade 1 winners title, led by pipe major Stuart Liddell.

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Depute Provost Karen Conaghan, who was presiding at the event, said: “I was honoured to be part of the Scottish Pipe Band Championships this year, and as always, so thoroughly impressed with the talent on display.

“The traditional music always stirs a huge amount of Scottish pride and it’s clear that this part of our culture is loved the world over, due to the number of visitors from near and far in attendance.

“This event has it all – the sound of the pipes, a brilliant atmosphere and some beautiful Scottish scenery in our fantastic Levengrove Park.

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“While the weather may not have been on our side, it didn’t stop the dedicated musicians putting on a thrilling show, and it didn’t stop the crowds turning out to see them.

“Hearty congratulations must go to all the competition winners, and indeed everybody who took part, as well as the organisers.

“It’s an honour for Dumbarton to host such an event and we are already looking forward to next year.”