A Londonderry woman has given an award-winning performance to take the top drum major title in the United Kingdom Pipe Band & Drum Major Championships.
Internationally renowned Drum major, Paula Braiden, who leads Cullybackey Pipe Band, won the Adult Grade Drum Major category and received her impressive trophy from the Lord Mayor of Belfast, Nichola Mallon.
The competition took place at Stormont Estate, Belfast, on Saturday and was hosted by the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association in partnership with Belfast City Council. The event saw 110 of the best pipe bands and 50 of the best drum majors from across the UK and Ireland compete to be crowned champions in the newest competition in the piping calendar. The Chieftain of the Gathering was the Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Nichola Mallon.
The main winners were, Bands and drumming: Grade 1, Band and drumming, Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band. Grade 2, Band, Bleary and District; Drumming, Lomond and Clyde.
Grade 3A, Band, Royal Burgh of Stirling; Drumming, Johnstone.
Grade 3B, Band, Thiepval Memorial (Ire); Drumming, Thiepval Memorial (Ire).
Grade 4A, Band, Lochmaben Royal Burgh; Drumming, Vale of Clyde.
Grade 4B, Band, Burntisland and District; Drumming. Burntisland and District.
Grade Juvenile Band, George Heriot’s School.
Grade Juvenile Drumming, Dollar Academy.
Grade Novice Band, West Lothian Schools.
Grade Novice Drumming, George Watson’s College.
Drum Majors: Adult Grade, Paula Braiden, Cullybackey Pipe Band; Juvenile Grade, Emma Barr, Police Service of Northern Ireland Pipe Band and Junior Grade, Zoe McDowell, Aughintober Pipe Band.