PIPERS up and down Scotland are tuning up ahead of the forthcoming Innerleithen Pipe Band Championships.

Organised each year by The St Ronan’s Piping Society, the competition has become one of the most hotly contested in the country.

And it looks as though a record entry will be in attendance over the weekend.

Contest secretary Allan Johnston told us: "At the moment we have at least 13 high class bands coming to battle for the Innerleithen title, which means we will have over 30 performances and our aim is to make this year’s contest the best yet.

"Over and above that we will also be hosting the presentation of the Lothian, Borders and Fife Champion of Champions trophies which will guarantee that the competition will be fierce."

Chieftain of the 2017 Innerleithen Pipe Band Championships will be David Lindsay.

The father-of-two, who was born in Peebles, has been a mainstay of the Innerleithen music scene for decades.

Supported by his wife, Lorna, Davy is well known for his contribution in the success of the St Ronan's Silver Band.

A delighted Davy said: "It is a great honour to be chosen to perform the duties of Chieftain for the 16th Innerleithen Pipe Band Championships.

"Music has been a large part of my life, but as part of a different genre to pipe bands.

"I am an avid member of the now world-famous St Ronan’s Silver Band, however this has never dampened my enjoyment of pipe bands and I particularly enjoy the massed bands elements of the Innerleithen Games Week.

"I would like to commend the outstanding efforts of St Ronan’s Piping Society who have built up this competition to be one of the most highly regarded competitions in the piping and drumming calendar.

"I look forward to carrying out my duties as Chieftain and will do so to the best of my ability.

"Having lived here all my life I am confident that Innerleithen’s community spirit and friendliness sets us apart from other places and hope all who come to this year’s Pipe Band Contest experience both in abundance an accolade indeed."

The 16th Innerleithen Pipe Band Championships will take place in the grounds of St Ronan's Primary School throughout Saturday, September 9.

The organisers are keen to highlight the support made from the Innerleithen community.

Secretary Allan added: "Consistently a record number of local businesses and individuals support our contest and we move into 2018 with a healthy surplus and it has to be said that without such support this event could not take place.

"We can’t be complacent however, on the day we hand out over £2000 in prize money along with a fine display of trophies and shields.

"We sincerely hope that the community will step forward once again and support our event and help us to fulfil our objectives to promote pipes and drums in the Innerleithen area and support our local pipe band."

St Ronan’s Piping Society is looking for volunteers to help at the contest as well as play a part on the organising committee.

If you would like more information contact Mr Johnston on 01896 830928.