Inverness’ first female Provost has been chosen as the Chieftain for the European Pipe Band Championships. Councillor Helen Carmichael said she was honoured to be asked to fulfil the role. The competition takes place on Saturday, June 29 at the town’s Bught Park.
She said: “It really is a tremendous honour and privilege to be the Chieftain for such a prestigious event. Not only will the Championships bring significant economic benefit to the city, but it is going to be a great opportunity to showcase what Inverness and the whole Highlands can offer.
“I very much look forward to welcoming the many competitors and spectators from across the world to what I am sure will be a terrific occasion filled with lots of memorable sights and rousing pipe bands to savour.”
The Lord Provost is no stranger to piping. For the last few years she has presented the prizes at the Northern Meeting.
Over 140 bands are competing in the European Pipe Band Championships, including eight from Australia, one from the USA, and one from Switzerland. In total, 4,000 pipers and drummers are expected to attend the one-day event, the third major pipe band contest of the season.
The draw can be found HERE.
A Park-and-Ride system has been set up to take people from the University of the Highlands and Islands (1 Inverness Campus, Inverness, IV2 5NA) on the outskirts of the town.
Inverness will host the European Pipe Band Championships for a further two years (2020 and 2021) after this month’s event.