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Stirling is piping hot!

Press Release   •   Dec 02, 2013 00:00 GMT

Scotland is set to welcome over a thousand pipers, drummers, Highland dancers, accordionists and clan members from across the world to take part in Pipefest Stirling - an international event celebrating Homecoming Scotland 2014 and marking the 700th Anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn. 

Pipefest Stirling takes place on 27 June 2014 and is supported by Homecoming Scotland, The Famous Grouse Experience and Stirling Council.  The parade will begin marching from the gates of Stirling Castle and proceed through the City of Stirling.

Over 1,100 participants have registered already with representatives from Australia, Belgium, Canada, England, Germany, New Zealand, Norway, Scotland, South Africa, Sweden and USA taking part.

A wide range of bands and individuals are taking part this year: 

  • The march will be led by Europe’s only private army, the 175-year-old regiment, Atholl Highlanders Pipe Band and Colour Guard. 
  • Visiting Scotland for the first time will be the popular Columbus Police And Fire Pipes And Drums, which is made up entirely of active, full-time Columbus police officers and firefighters. 
  • Pipefest is pleased to welcome the Forth Valley Accordion Band for the first time, which will add musical variety to the parade.

Over twenty Scottish Clans have registered to take part in the march including the Clan Currie Society from the USA. Robert Currie, President of the Clan Currie Society in New York, commented: “We are looking forward immensely to 2014 and the events taking place, kicking-off with the Pipefest parade through Stirling, BannockburnLIVE and the 2014 MacMhuirich Academic Symposium taking place in Glasgow.”

Tourism Minister Fergus Ewing said: “Next year’s Homecoming Scotland 2014 is the opportunity for us to show off everything that’s great about our country. Pipefest Scotland is an exciting addition to the packed programme of events and we invite participants and visitors from around the globe to take part in the parade.

“Commemorating the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn comes on top of the momentum that’s been building through next year’s Ryder Cup and Commonwealth Games with these key events expected to bring 70,000 visitors to Scotland and generate £44m in additional tourism revenue.”

Stirling’s Provost Mike Robbins said: “We are delighted that Stirling is playing host to this international event and we look forward to welcoming visitors from home and afar to what promises to be a lively, musical and multicultural day.  The sight of thousands of pipers and other musicians marching through the city will be an amazing sight and a perfect way to mark the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn.”

The Famous Grouse Experience – “Based at the oldest distillery in Scotland, The Famous Grouse Experience has a rich history and has been supporting local events for many years. We are delighted to be supporting Pipefest Stirling and look forward to welcome visitors to Scotland as part of Homecoming 2014.”

Groups or individuals interested in taking part in Pipefest Stirling should register at – http://www.pipefest.com/

For further information, please contact:

Stirling Council Communications

E: media@stirling.gov.uk  T: 01786 233036

Homecoming Scotland 2014

E: chelsea.charles@eventscotland.org  T:0131 472 2067

Pipefest

E: magnus@pipefest.com M:0774 991 7731

About Homecoming Scotland

Scotland will welcome the world in the Year of Homecoming 2014 - providing a year-long programme of events alongside the Ryder Cup and Commonwealth Games.  The Year of Homecoming Scotland will run from 31 December 2013 to 31 December 2014 throughout the length and breadth of the country. Visitors from around the world are invited to join in a celebration of the nation’s food and drink, active pursuits, cultural heritage, nature and ancestral heritage. Homecoming Scotland 2014 is a Scottish Government initiative being led by EventScotland and VisitScotland, supported by numerous partners.  To find out more visit http://www.homecomingscotland.com/

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  • 2014 is the year Scotland welcomes the world, when it hosts the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles and more than 800 Homecoming events throughout the country.For more information on Homecoming Scotland 2014, go to www.visitscotland.com 
  • The VisitScotland Information Centre network is a unique face-to-face channel engaging with around five million visitors and locals each year. Everyone who uses a VisitScotland Information Centre goes on to spend an additional £5.35, generating over £24 million for Scotland’s economy. 
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