MEMBERS of a Troon pipe band have come second in their grade at the World Pipe Band Championships.

The 1st Troon Boys Brigade Pipe Band took two firsts in the piping categories, a first in the drumming category and eighth in the Ensemble category to achieve their second place finish in Grade 4B on Glasgow Green.

Chris Bone, the band's pipe major, said: "It went really well and everyone is over the moon.

"Covid had a major impact on the band as teaching was stopped for nearly 18 months and players that over that time so we had to piece together what we had left and start rebuilding.

"There's been a lot of hard work over the last ten months and it's greet to see it all paying off.

"Our final competition is Cowal Games in Dunoon on August 27."

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Kevin Reilly, chairman of The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association, said: “Nothing compares to the Worlds, both in terms of atmosphere and the high standard of performance.

"This is the pinnacle of pipe band competition which musicians work tirelessly towards for months, and it shows.

"Once again, this weekend has produced some truly memorable performances. We have had to wait three years, but the Worlds are back with a bang."

The nations represented in this year’s line-up included Austria, Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, Israel, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and the USA.

For the first time, a pipe band from Argentina also competed.

More than 40,000 spectators showed up for the event.