The tartan invasion thronged the Broadmeadow playing fields, Enniskillen on Saturday for the Annual Fermanagh Pipe Band and Drum Major Championships.

The sound of the pipes and beat of the drum were heard in the Lakeland town from mid morning until early evening during the popular gathering, organised by the Fermanagh Section of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association with around 30 bands and 40 Drum Majors from all over Ireland taking part.

The host county was represented by Derryclavin Pipe Band in Grade 4A under the direction of Pipe Major Gordon McKeown and wearing the Royal Stewart Tartan. They competed well in their Grade, doing themselves and the county proud. Derryclavin won the RSPBANI shield for the best marching and department in Grade 4A.

The top grade was won by Closkelt Pipe Band -located between Banbridge and Castlewellan and under the direction of Pipe Major David Chesney.

The Chieftain of the Day was Mr. Howard Thornton who has been a keen supporter of the Fermanagh section and the Championships over the years. Mr. Thornton welcomed the bands, supporters and visitors to the annual championships and was honoured to have been asked to act as Chieftain of the day.

The new section secretary Lisa Crawford was delighted at the event running so successfully with a small but energetic committee team. Mrs. Crawford also thanked all the supporters and sponsors for the event and the bands and hoped the section will continue to attract world class bands and drum majors to Enniskillen

Local Enniskillen man Mr. David Brownlee was one of the Adjudicators on duty at the Championships along with a full panel of Adjudicators for the bands and drum majors.

All the bands did a march past and salute the the Chieftain Mr Howard Thornton.

The section chairman Mr. William Stinson paid tribute on the loss of Mr. Jim Henderson esteemed past President and Pipe Band enthusiast. A pipers lament was played by Pipe Major Gordon McKeown, Derryclavin Pipe Band, in honour of Mr Jim Henderson when all the bands completed the march past.

The event ended with the presentation of prizes and the masses bands played Scotland the Brave.