Scottish Championships at Dumbarton in jeopardy after Chivas Brothers withdraw sponsorship
The 2011 Scottish Pipe Band Championships, scheduled to be held in Dumbarton, Scotland, in May, were dealt a blow after its main sponsors, Chivas Brothers, withdrew from the event, pulling out as much as £11,000 in funding. According to reports, the West Dumbartonshire Council is actively searching for a replacement title sponsor, but, if one cannot be found, the entire event may be cancelled.
The Scottish has been held in Dumbarton since 2001, and since then has been the first major championship of the five majors in the RSPBA season. The council has said that the event injects more than £1-million into the local economy, typically attracting more than 140 pipe bands to the contest, held at Levengrove Park, Dumbarton.
The Chivas Brothers organization said that the company has changed its marketing strategy to spread across a more diverse array of sites. The company operates several distilleries in the Dumbartonshire region.
With only five months before the scheduled Scottish Championships, it is not known whether the RSPBA has a contingency plan in place should the plug be pulled on the event altogether by the West Dumbartonshire Council.
RSPBA executive office Ian Embelton did not immediately respond to inquiries from pipes|drums on the matter. Stay tuned for more details as they are made available.
Field Marshal Montgomery was the winner of the 2010 Scottish Championships at Dumbarton.