The British Pipe Band Championships and Calor Scotland West Lothian Highland Games took place on Saturday, 30 May 2015 in Bathgate’s Balbardie Park, in beautiful sunny weather.
Spectators were treated to a musical feast with 134 pipe bands competing during the course of the day. Chieftain Alistair Todd presided over the Highland Games which kept the audience entertained with all the traditional events.
The British Pipe Band Championship moves on next year, but the West Lothian Highland Games will be back in May 2016.
The RSPBA chairman said “I would like to congratulate the organising committee in Bathgate for all their efforts in staging the BPBC over the three years and especially this year. Their excellent preparations made it so much easier for the RSPBA to manage the Championships on site and even the weather was perfect.”
Chairman of the Bathgate 2015 organising group, Alex Linkston said “we were honoured to stage the British Pipe Band Championships in West Lothian and Bathgate’s Balbardie Park was a fantastic venue. With such a huge undertaking, we realise that parking was more of an issue than expected and we would like to apologise to anyone who was delayed getting into the venue. We will certainly give further consideration to this in the future.”
“We are delighted that so many people enjoyed a wonderful day at the Bathgate 2015 events and we would like to thank spectators, competitors and volunteers for making it work so well. In particular we would like to thank Calor Scotland for sponsoring the West Lothian Highland Games. Alistair Todd, Calor’s general manager in Scotland, was an excellent chieftain and it was great to see so many past chieftains in attendance, especially 2014 chieftain, Susan Boyle.”