At this time of year, it is natural to look back over the year about to end. Today, we look back over the decade about to end by featuring a pictorial from the 2009 European Pipe Band Championships.

The contest that year was held at Gourock, and Field Marshal Montgomery won Grade 1 with two piping firsts and a first in ensemble. Inveraray won Grade 2 with two piping firsts, Grade 3a went to Howard Memorial and Grade 3b to Isle of Islay.

Were you there? Do you recognise anyone in these photos? Let us know at news@bagpipe.news

All the photographs were taken by Ayrshire photographer, John Slavin.

We will feature another pictorial in due course.

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