European Pipe Band Championships Set for Forres
The beautiful market town of Forres is set to host the Benromach European Pipe Band Championships for three consecutive years, bringing a projected £1.2 million of economic benefits to the town and the surrounding area.
The event which will run on a date yet to be confirmed during summer of 2013, 2014 and 2015 will attract over 100 pipe bands from throughout Europe to the town along with thousands of spectators and visitors.
The venue for the Benromach European Pipe Band Championships will be the Grant Park in Forres – a natural amphitheatre, located in the centre of the town.
Chairman of Forres Events Ltd, Ian Widdowson, said, “We are absolutely thrilled to be bringing these Championships to Forres. As well as the obvious economic benefits for the area, this world class event will allow us showcase our beautiful town and enable locals and visitors alike to enjoy the very best in
traditional pipe band music.”
The announcement comes at the end of a three year project led by Gordon & MacPhail whose Benromach Speyside Single Malt Whisky will be title sponsor of the Championships.
David Urquhart, Joint Managing Director at Gordon & MacPhail, proprietors of Benromach Distillery explains, “Since Gordon & MacPhail purchased Benromach Distillery in 1993 we have always been keen to consider ways of supporting the local community. These Championships provide a fantastic opportunity not only for Benromach but for local people and businesses alike.”
Forres was selected to host the European Pipe Band Championships by the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association (RSPBA). The decision was made at the RSPBA AGM in Glasgow on 10 March 2012.
RSPBA Chief Executive, Ian Embelton, said, “The RSPBA was very impressed with the Forres Bid to host the European Pipe Band Championships in 2013, 2014, 2015. They put together a professional presentation and made a compelling case for the event to come to the north of Scotland. The RSBPA remit is to promote and celebrate traditional pipe band music. Forres is in for a treat as some of the best pipe bands in Europe will descend on Forres over the next three years.”
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