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Will Portrush be piping hot this summer?

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Efforts are underway in a bid to ensure the skirl of the pipes will be heard once again in Portrush this year.

The annual pipe band championships attract thousands of competitors and visitors to the seaside resort.

However, the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association Northern Ireland Branch’s (RSPBA NI) website recently said: “Unfortunately, we have not been able to secure a competition in Portrush this year. We hope this competition will be back on the calendar as soon as possible.”

Causeway Coast Community understands that negotiations are underway between Causeway Coast & Glens Council and RSPBA NI to ensure the event does goes ahead this year.

Portrush Ulster Unionist councillor Norman Hillis told us: “Since the news broke last week that Portrush would not host a competition this year I have been working around the clock with Council and RSPBA NI to try and reach a solution. I hope to have more updates regarding this in the coming days. With goodwill from both council and the RSPBA NI, hopefully, this very important date in the Portrush calendar can be retrieved”.

The event is organised by the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association (RSPBA) Northern Ireland Branch, funded by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council.

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