Field Marshal Montgomery wins first-ever UK Championship in Northern Ireland

Published: June 14, 2014
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FMM-logoStormont, Northern Ireland – June 14, 2014 – Field Marshal Montgomery won the innagural UK Championships at Stormont, Northern Ireland, near Belfast, continuing the band’s run of consecutive RSPBA major titles, now at seven. The UK Championships took the place of the Cowal Championships on the RSPBA rotation of majors. The competition also marked the return of the Ballycoan Pipe Band of Northern Ireland to Grade 1 competition have several years’ hiatus.

Grade 1 (MSR, 13 competed)
1st Field Marshal Montgomery (1,1,14)
2nd ScottishPower (2,2,2,5)
3rd St. Laurence O’Toole (4,4,4,1)
4th Peoples Ford Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia (3,6,5,2)
5th Inveraray & District (5,3,7,3)
6th Shotts & Dkyehead Caledonia (7,7,3,6)
Drumming: Field Marshal Montgomery
Judges: John McCarlie, John Moles (piping); Sandy Russell (drumming); Tony Sloan (ensemble)

Grade 2 (medley, 12 competed)
1st Bleary & District
2nd Lomond & Clyde
3rd Torphichen & Bathgate
4th Buchan Peterson
5th Manor Cunningham
6th Glasgow Skye
Drumming: Lomond & Clyde
Judges: Cameron Edgar, Ian Wood (piping); Gordon Craig (drumming); Ciaran Mordaunt (ensemble)

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