Paisley town centre was alive with the sound of pipes and drums on Saturday as some of the top pipe bands from throughout Scotland and beyond descended on the town.

Paisley pipe band championships 2015 (6)

Big crowds turned out for the sixth annual Paisley Pipe Band Championships, with thousands stopping by over the course of the day to enjoy the sound and spectacle.

Hundreds of pipers from as far afield as Northumberland, Dunoon and Ayrshire brought a hefty splash of tartan to the town, as did local bands from Johnstone and Kilbarchan.

The contest saw bands start off at the top of the High Street and parade past shoppers and onlookers to the final tuning area at the Cenotaph.

From there they continued down to the main arena in County Square where hundreds gathered to see the bands perform before judges from the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association, Glasgow and West of Scotland Branch.

On the day, the winners were as follows – Troon Blackrock (Grade 4), East Kilbride (Grade 3), East Kilbride (Grade 3 MSR), Johnstone (Grade 2), Johnstone (Grade 2 MSR).

The chieftain of the event was Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall, who was on hand to present the prizes.

And she said: “Once again, the Paisley Pipe Band Championships was a great day out in the town centre, and a fantastic spectacle.

“We had a really big crowd this year – although it helped that the rain stayed off for most of the day – and it was lovely to see the town so busy.

“The council’s ever-growing major events programme aims to support local traders by staging popular days like this and bringing big crowds into our town centres.

“As we move towards Paisley’s bid for Uk City of Culture in 2021 big days out like this will be even more important and hopefully we can have even more of them.”