World’s to remain in Glasgow through 2012
The RSPBA has decided to keep the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow, despite a strong bid from the city of Belfast, according to sources. The two cities competed for the competition, which has been held in Glasgow since 1985, when the contest moved to Hamilton, after several years in Glasgow.
The deal reportedly is for the years 2010-’12, with 2008-’09 already locked up for Glasgow. Published reports say that the event alone will generate £10 million for the Glasgow over the three years.
The formal bidding process was a first apparently for the RSPBA, which has controlled the World’s since 1947. Details of the deal were not disclosed, and the association had not been widely divulged, if at all, that it was entertaining bids from other cities.
For the past five years the popularity of the World Pipe Band Championships has been hugely augmented and complemented by the increasingly popular Piping Live! Festival, which takes advantage of the influx of visitors to Glasgow during the week.
The RSPBA had not yet responded to inquiries from pipes|drums at the time of publication.