BAGPIPE players brought the sounds of Scotland to Colchester’s picturesque lower Castle Park.

The instantly recognisable tones of the iconic Scottish instrument filled the air during a unique Pipes in the Park event.

Pipes and drums spent a day of friendly competition, culminating in a massed bands display, while Highland dancers demonstrated their skills in their colourful costumes.

The family day out also had craft stalls, children’s fairground rides and a great range of food stalls and bar on offer.

These pictures captured by Gazette Camera Club member Lynn Sampson show off a day of special performances.

Ms Sampson revealed it was the first time she had a photography stall at an outdoor event.

She said: “I wasn’t sure how a full day of bagpipes was going to be, but I can honestly say it was the best ten hours of work I’ve ever had.

“The music was brilliant, high vibe and the bands were amazing, performing throughout the day and then all joining together at the end.

“It was lovely being on my local patch and so good to meet so many people who love nature.

“It was especially nice having people who follow my work come and say ‘Hi’, so a huge thank you to all of you.

“Pipes in the Park was a great day and my most successful stall day yet.”

During the occasion, attendees admired a range of colourful tartan kilts as they marched along, and an authentic Scottish atmosphere was created through the additional presence of Scottish dancers.

Following the event, which is due to return next summer, the organisers stated: “What a wonderful sunny day for our return to lower Castle Park.

“Many thanks for supporting us again. Make a note in your diary of June 11, 2023 for another Scottish spectacular.”