Piping is a major attraction

Susab Boyle, chieftain of Bathgate Higland Games
Susab Boyle, chieftain of Bathgate Higland Games

Thousands of performers from around 140 pipe bands will descend on Bathgate for the EFR British Pipe Band Championships on Saturday, May 31, for the first major contest of the year.

Among those competing will be the Torphichen and Bathgate Pipe Band and the Bo’ness Pipe Band, who will be joined by dancers and ‘Heavies’ from the Calor Scotland West 
Lothian Highland Games.

Garnering the world’s 
interest is the event’s chieftain - Susan Boyle.

Alex Linkston, spokesman for the organising committee said: “There has been an immense amount of work done by our voluntary committee bringing this massive event to life.

‘‘We are absolutely delighted all that work is about to come to fruition with the event just weeks away.

“It’s going to be a fantastic day with fun for all the family. There will be a real buzz in Bathgate. This is the first time the two events have run on the same day and we think it will bring a fantastic festival atmosphere.

“With Susan Boyle as our chieftain, we’ve helped put our event on the world stage which makes it even more 

Tickets, priced £10 for an adult and £5 for a child, will offer access to both Meadow Park and Burgh Muir Park where there will be fun for all the family including Highland dancing, heavy athletics 
competitions and pipe band competitions.

The Calor Scotland West Lothian Highland Games are now in their 43rd year and attract thousands of people to Bathgate each year from across Scotland.

Tickets are available at www.ticketweb.co.uk. For more information visit www.bathgate2014.com