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Piping hot musician crowned Glenfiddich Championship winner

The elite competition, held in Perthshire, is now in its 45th year.

Winner: Finlay Johnston won the prestigious award.
Winner: Finlay Johnston won the prestigious award. Glenfiddich Piping Championship

A piper from the Isle of Tiree has won the prestigious Glenfiddich Piping Championship 2018.

Finlay Johnston, 32, was victorious at the annual competition, which was held on Saturday at Blair Castle in Perthshire.

To win the award, Mr Johnston had to fend off stiff competition from some of the world's most highly acclaimed pipers.

After taking the title, he said: "I'm overwhelmed. It's a competition I've watched my entire piping career - one I've looked up to.

"To now have won, it is unbelievable. A special thanks to my tutor Ronnie McShannon who has been behind me for 24 years."

'I'm overwhelmed. It's a competition I've watched my entire piping career - one I've looked up to.'
Finlay Johnston, winner of Glenfiddich Piping Championship 2018

The championship, formed to bring together the world's finest pipers, is now celebrating its 45th year.

Mr Johnston took overall winner after placing first in the Piobaireachd category and third in the March, Strathspey and Reel.

Stuart Liddell and Angus MacColl placed second and third in Piobaireachd, while Callum Beaumont and Alex Gandy took first and second in March, Strathspey and Reel.

Bill Gordon, commenting on behalf of event sponsors The William Grant Foundation, said: "Just like the Olympics sets the bar for the ultimate heights achievable in athletics, the Glenfiddich Piping Championship sets the bar in the piping world to showcase piping at its absolute best.

"What we've heard during this event is piping at its very best and it really is something to behold.

"I wish to congratulate this year's winner and all who rightly earned their place to compete this year."

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