Great SCOT, the pipes are in town

IT WAS the sound of bagpipes rather than sirens that drew thousands of people to Eureka Stadium on Sunday.

The Australian and South Pacific Pipe Band Championships drew in an international crowd but event director Laura LeMarshall said it was the Ballarat community who had turned out in big numbers this year.

"It has been pretty successful, we have had lots of people from overseas and as well as people through all the states," she said.

The day was one part of a Scottish weekend for Ballarat, with the Ballarat Whiskey Experience held on Friday and Old Lange Syne exhibition was opened during the week at the Art Gallery of Ballarat. 

A gold coin donation was required to attend the championships with all proceeds heading to the Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute.

Ms LeMarshall said almost $4000 was donated on Saturday.

The event was also held in Ballarat in 2012.

"We had more bands last time because it was on the Easter weekend, however, this time it has been a huge success as well because a lot more local people have come," she said. 

"Last time a lot of people went away on the weekend so this time a lot more of the Ballarat community have come." 

Thirty-two bands competed throughout the day.

"The stall holders have also been great with all Scottish and Celtic flair," Ms LeMarshall said

"We have a lot of clans so if you are of Scottish heritage you can go up there and can find out where your clan was from and the area they were from in Scotland." 

While an official number of attendees was unknown yesterday Ms LeMarshall said she believed more than 4000 had attended Sunday's event with almost 3000 attending on Saturday.

Saturday's festivities included a morning street march of Sturt Street's Town Hall block. 

Daniel Whelan in the City of Melbourne Highland Pipe Band - Australian Pipe Band Championships at Eureka Stadium. Picture Kate Healy

Daniel Whelan in the City of Melbourne Highland Pipe Band - Australian Pipe Band Championships at Eureka Stadium. Picture Kate Healy

Moorabbin City Pipe Band - Pipe Band Championships Sturt Street March. Picture Justin Whitelock

Moorabbin City Pipe Band - Pipe Band Championships Sturt Street March. Picture Justin Whitelock

West Australian Police Pipe Band - Pipe Band Championships Sturt Street March. Picture Justin Whitelock

West Australian Police Pipe Band - Pipe Band Championships Sturt Street March. Picture Justin Whitelock

West Australian Police Pipe Band - Pipe Band Championships Sturt Street March. Picture Justin Whitelock

West Australian Police Pipe Band - Pipe Band Championships Sturt Street March. Picture Justin Whitelock

Hawthorn City Pipeband - Pipe Band Championships Sturt Street March. Picture Justin Whitelock

Hawthorn City Pipeband - Pipe Band Championships Sturt Street March. Picture Justin Whitelock

Queensland Highlanders Pipe Band - Pipe Band Championships Sturt Street March. Picture Justin Whitelock

Queensland Highlanders Pipe Band - Pipe Band Championships Sturt Street March. Picture Justin Whitelock

Queensland Highlanders Pipe Band - Pipe Band Championships Sturt Street March. Picture Justin Whitelock

Queensland Highlanders Pipe Band - Pipe Band Championships Sturt Street March. Picture Justin Whitelock

Jaya Young, 6, Warrnambool Pipe Band - Australian Pipe Band Championships at Eureka Stadium. Picture Kate Healy

Jaya Young, 6, Warrnambool Pipe Band - Australian Pipe Band Championships at Eureka Stadium. Picture Kate Healy

Phil Scott, Golden City Pipe Band Bendigo - Australian Pipe Band Championships at Eureka Stadium. Picture Kate Healy

Phil Scott, Golden City Pipe Band Bendigo - Australian Pipe Band Championships at Eureka Stadium. Picture Kate Healy

Emily Moore Hawkesbury Nepean Valley Pipe Band - Australian Pipe Band Championships at Eureka Stadium. Picture Kate Healy

Emily Moore Hawkesbury Nepean Valley Pipe Band - Australian Pipe Band Championships at Eureka Stadium. Picture Kate Healy

James Kerlidis Haileybury Pipes and Drums - Australian Pipe Band Championships at Eureka Stadium. Picture Kate Healy

James Kerlidis Haileybury Pipes and Drums - Australian Pipe Band Championships at Eureka Stadium. Picture Kate Healy

Nick Zylstra (The Scots College Sydney) - Australian Pipe Band Championships at Eureka Stadium. Picture Kate Healy

Nick Zylstra (The Scots College Sydney) - Australian Pipe Band Championships at Eureka Stadium. Picture Kate Healy

Ann Johns and Maggie - Australian Pipe Band Championships at Eureka Stadium. Picture Kate Healy

Ann Johns and Maggie - Australian Pipe Band Championships at Eureka Stadium. Picture Kate Healy

Fraser Ross and Alex Messara (Knox Grammar Pipes and Drums) - Australian Pipe Band Championships at Eureka Stadium. Picture Kate Healy

Fraser Ross and Alex Messara (Knox Grammar Pipes and Drums) - Australian Pipe Band Championships at Eureka Stadium. Picture Kate Healy

James Dey (Knox Grammar Pipes and Drums) - Australian Pipe Band Championships at Eureka Stadium. Picture Kate Healy

James Dey (Knox Grammar Pipes and Drums) - Australian Pipe Band Championships at Eureka Stadium. Picture Kate Healy

Mardi Sinclair (Frankson RSL Pipes and Drums) - Australian Pipe Band Championships at Eureka Stadium. Picture Kate Healy

Mardi Sinclair (Frankson RSL Pipes and Drums) - Australian Pipe Band Championships at Eureka Stadium. Picture Kate Healy

Ross Bates (Frankson RSL Pipes and Drums) - Australian Pipe Band Championships at Eureka Stadium. Picture Kate Healy

Ross Bates (Frankson RSL Pipes and Drums) - Australian Pipe Band Championships at Eureka Stadium. Picture Kate Healy

Jim Baxter a judge from New Zealand - Australian Pipe Band Championships at Eureka Stadium. Picture Kate Healy

Jim Baxter a judge from New Zealand - Australian Pipe Band Championships at Eureka Stadium. Picture Kate Healy

Knox Grammar Pipes and Drums - Australian Pipe Band Championships at Eureka Stadium. Picture Kate Healy

Knox Grammar Pipes and Drums - Australian Pipe Band Championships at Eureka Stadium. Picture Kate Healy

Michael McLoughlin (Knox Grammar Pipes and Drums) - Australian Pipe Band Championships at Eureka Stadium. Picture Kate Healy

Michael McLoughlin (Knox Grammar Pipes and Drums) - Australian Pipe Band Championships at Eureka Stadium. Picture Kate Healy

 Australian Pipe Band Championships at Eureka Stadium. Picture Kate Healy

Australian Pipe Band Championships at Eureka Stadium. Picture Kate Healy

City of Melbourne Highland Pipe Band - Australian Pipe Band Championships at Eureka Stadium. Picture Kate Healy

City of Melbourne Highland Pipe Band - Australian Pipe Band Championships at Eureka Stadium. Picture Kate Healy

Greg Mewett (Federation University) - Australian Pipe Band Championships at Eureka Stadium. Picture Kate Healy

Greg Mewett (Federation University) - Australian Pipe Band Championships at Eureka Stadium. Picture Kate Healy

Nathan Keane (Federation University) - Australian Pipe Band Championships at Eureka Stadium. Picture Kate Healy

Nathan Keane (Federation University) - Australian Pipe Band Championships at Eureka Stadium. Picture Kate Healy

Brenton Earl (Federation University) - Australian Pipe Band Championships at Eureka Stadium. Picture Kate Healy

Brenton Earl (Federation University) - Australian Pipe Band Championships at Eureka Stadium. Picture Kate Healy

Federation University Pipe Band - Australian Pipe Band Championships at Eureka Stadium. Picture Kate Healy

Federation University Pipe Band - Australian Pipe Band Championships at Eureka Stadium. Picture Kate Healy

Federation University Pipe Band - Australian Pipe Band Championships at Eureka Stadium. Picture Kate Healy

Federation University Pipe Band - Australian Pipe Band Championships at Eureka Stadium. Picture Kate Healy

Aram Haroutunian and Paul Fleay (Federation University) - Australian Pipe Band Championships at Eureka Stadium. Picture Kate Healy

Aram Haroutunian and Paul Fleay (Federation University) - Australian Pipe Band Championships at Eureka Stadium. Picture Kate Healy

Neil MacDonald (Pipe Major of the Federation University) - Australian Pipe Band Championships at Eureka Stadium. Picture Kate Healy

Neil MacDonald (Pipe Major of the Federation University) - Australian Pipe Band Championships at Eureka Stadium. Picture Kate Healy