Scottish singer Susan Boyle has been given a special honorary role ahead of an upcoming pipe band contest in her home region.

The star has been named chieftain of the annual British Pipe Band Championships, which will take place in her native West Lothian, Scotland on 31 May (14).

Boyle attended the launch event on Monday (13Jan14), wearing a tartan jacket and traditional hat, and she even had a go at playing the bag pipes.

Matt Purdie, president of the West Lothian Highland Games, says, "It is a great honour to welcome Susan Boyle on board as Chieftain for 2014."