Ulster Unionist leader Mike Nesbitt has called for the Ulster-based three-time world champion pipe band to be given “proper recognition”.
The Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band, based in Lisburn, made it a hat-trick at the weekend in Glasgow by winning their grade one world championship title for the third year in a row.
Mr Nesbitt said that this achievement calls for “proper recognition”.
“No fewer than 225 bands competed in Glasgow at the weekend for the accolade of being crowned the best in the world,” he said.
“That means more countries were represented than ever before in the championship’s 66-year history and yet the quality of the Field Marshal Montgomery shone through yet again. I think it would be appropriate for Lisburn Council to grant the band the Freedom of the City.”
He also called for Pipe Major Richard Parkes MBE to be knighted.
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