Renfrew’s Robertson Park will welcome pipe bands to the Royal Burgh this month on Saturday, July 23. Bands and Drum Majors who wish to attend the event need to have their applications with the contest secretary by tomorrow, Saturday, July 9. The application form can be downloaded here.

Renfrew is in west central Scotland, 6 miles from Glasgow, and has historic connections to royalty as it has been called ‘the cradle of the Royal Stewarts‘ for its link with the former royal family of Scotland. The venue on July 23, Robertson Park, is only a few miles away from St James’ Park in Paisley which hosted the British Pipe Band Championships from 2016-2019.

•Mark McKendrick from Renfrewshire Schools Pipe Band, Shaun Moore the ‘Tannahill Makar’ and Alan McGeogh from Johnstone Pipe Band in front of Renfrew Town Hall.

The organisers have a a full day of family entertainment to the park from 12 noon to 5pm – including aerial workshops, a food village and a farmer’s market. The event is free to attend.

This year’s Chieftain will be poet Shaun Moore, the Tannahill Makar for Renfrewshire. He said: “It’s a big honour to have been asked to be Chieftain at the first pipe band competition in Renfrew.

“As a member of the local creative community I enjoy making links with performers from other disciplines and sharing in the great work we all do to showcase talent in our local area and encourage wellbeing and pride in our communities.”

Visitors should note there will be no public parking at the event. Free parking will be available a 5-10 minute walk away at Trinity High School, Glebe Street.

Public transport to the park is also available with a number of bus stops conveniently located around Robertson Park on Inchinnan Road and Paisley Road. McGill’s run a number of services through Renfrew, including the environmentally friendly Switch 26 and Switch 23 services.