UK Grade One Champions 2023 - Peoples Ford Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia Pipe Band

The championships were held in beautiful Lurgan Park on Saturday 10 June 2023.
The band's Pipe Major is Ross Harvey and the Leading Drummer is Kerr McQuillan here making his first championship appearance in that role.

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