TWINS from Troon enjoyed their 15 minutes of fame with an acclaimed Scottish Celtic rock band who have become an international success.

Bill and Gregor Burns (14) of the 1st Troon Boys Brigade Pipe Band, were invited on to the stage by the Red Hot Chilli Pipers for two numbers at their now annual Christmas concert, staged at Ayr Town Hall on December 29.

A delighted Gregor, lead drummer with the Troon group said: "Our drum tutor Robert Andrew said Ayr BB Pipe Band were playing with the Chilli Pipers in the afternoon performance and there was an opportunity for the younger members of the Troon BB Pipe Band to also play as a reward for our hard work. We both play the snare drums. There were a lot of people there and we had never done a big like that before but the Red Hot Chilli Pipers guys were really nice to us before the gig. We were quite at ease once we started, no-one was judging us. The percussionist was really good and was making sure we knew hat we were doing. In the soundcheck the band were talking to us a lot."

The twins performed two numbers with the group - the acclaimed Highland Cathedral and Wake Me Up.

Added mum Jill: "The band looked after Bill and Gregor really well. They play Celtic Rock and were fantastic. They play pop hits like Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol. It was a fabulous atmosphere and a huge honour to be asked, we were proud as punch."

The 1st Troon BB Pipe Band won the World Championship in 2016 and this year they came fourth in the World Championships and won the Uk Championships."

Red Hot Chilli Pipers are an ensemble consisting of pipers, guitarists, keyboards and drummers formed in Scotland in 2002. They entered and won the BBC talent show When Will I Be Famous? in 2007.

In 2004, the group appeared on the main stage at T in the Park with the headline band, the rock group The Darkness. They appeared on BBC Radio 1 on the Greg James show in July 2013 and The Radio 1 Breakfast Show with Nick Grimshaw in 2014. They have released six studio albums as of 2016, of which their first, their 2005 release The Red Hot Chilli Pipers, was the least successful. Their 2007 album Bagrock to the Masses went platinum in Scotland and silver in Great Britain. Their third album and first live album, Blast Live (2008), went triple platinum in Scotland. Their fourth release Music for the Kilted Generation, however, is The Red Hot Chilli Pipers' best International record, reaching Number two on the US Amazon Chart.