Field Marshal Montgomery won their sixth consecutive British Pipe Band Championships at Bathgate on 31st May, 2014.
With favourable weather conditions – warm temperatures and some brief patches of sunshine – twelve bands competed in a very closely fought Grade 1 contest. FMM performed their number 2 medley and were announced eventual winners with St Laurence O’Toole winning Best Drum Corps.
Speaking after the contest Pipe Major Richard Parkes MBE said, “I am delighted that the band has won today in what was a very tight contest. The standard is rising each year and we are happy to be challenging for the top prizes. The hard work continues as our focus now turns to the MSRs in preparation for the next competition and we look forward to playing on home soil at the UK Championships in a couple of weeks.”
You can view the band’s performance below. Thanks to DroneChorus for an excellent recording.
The band will next perform at the inaugural United Kingdom Pipe Band Championships which will be held in the grounds of Stormont, Belfast on Saturday 14th June.
Images courtesy of Alister Sinclair