LOCAL bagpipers Rowan Murdoch and Beth Turner will be hoping for a strong home support when the Scottish Bagpipe Championships get underway in Dumbarton on Saturday.

More than 100 orchestras will perform in front of 25,000 visitors at one of the the largest free bagpipe competition in the world.

Rowan, 19, who will compete in the Johnstone Pipe Band drumming competition, said: “With such a busy summer schedule traveling almost every week, there’s something special about performing in front of a home crowd.

“Knowing you’ve got a lot of friends and family watching behind you definitely makes me want to give a better performance – I’m definitely fueled by their support.”

Beth, 15, a pupil at Vale of Leven Academy, will also be competing in the junior class as the drummer class for Uddingston Pipe Band.

She said: “The Scottish Championships is one of the favorites for the bands competing at the track because the setting at Levengrove Park is so picturesque, but it’s especially important to me.

“I’m really excited to be playing in front of my home crowd and I’ll do my best to make them proud.”

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Scottish Pipe Band Championships head to Dumbarton

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