Hav­ing a wild time among the Picts

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CELTIC and Pic­tish hordes – and the odd Ro­man – de­scended on Lochgilp­head for the sec­ond an­nual fes­ti­val or­gan­ised by Lochgilp­head Com­mu­nity Coun­cil. Suil­ven and dad Daniel Grif­fiths with Pete Creech and his badger pal from the Heart of Ar­gyll wildlife group en­joyed them­selves.

FOR A sec­ond year run­ning, Lochgilp­head front green was in­vaded by Pic­tish, Celtic and Ro­man war­riors, bat­tling lo­cal chil­dren and con­fus­ing them with their labyrinth walk.

The Lochgilp­head Celtic and Pic­tish Fes­ti­val, held on Satur­day Au­gust 5, was or­gan­ised by Lochgilp­head Com­mu­nity Coun­cil in part­ner­ship with Lochgilp­head Phoenix Project.

And or­gan­is­ers were de­lighted to see more than 350 vis­i­tors through­out the day.

The main at­trac­tion was the Swords of Dal­ri­ada re-en­act­ment group, which put on two en­ter­tain­ing shows, in­clud­ing get­ting the young­sters to be Pic­tish war­riors to at­tack the Ro­mans and Celts with foam swords. This went down very well with the chil­dren with sev­eral com­ing back for an­other round later in the day.

Other ac­tiv­i­ties in­cluded a 40-foot labyrinth laid out by Mar­garet Ker from Ford, who also pro­vided in­for­ma­tion about the his­tory of labyrinths and rock art.

There was also the op­por­tu­nity to take part in weav­ing and spin­ning work­shops led by Louise Op­pen­heimer, of Drimvore, and Caro­line Kuch­meis­ter, of Dunoon.

And Mary Carol Souness from Fort Wil­liam ran craft work­shops.

Stalls run by Lochgilp­head Com­mu­nity Coun­cil, Lochgilp­head Phoenix Project, Heart of Ar­gyll Wildlife and the MS Centre also proved pop­u­lar with vis­i­tors.

Brian MacLen­nan, trea­surer of Lochgilp­head Com­mu­nity Coun­cil, said: ‘We have learned a lot in the past two years and are very happy we are able to put on this event for the peo­ple of Lochgilp­head and get them in­volved.

‘It was a great day but we won’t rest on our lau­rels.

‘We are de­ter­mined to keep learn­ing and im­prov­ing to make our Celtic and Pic­tish Fes­ti­val even big­ger and even bet­ter next year.’

Mem­bers of Swords of Dal­ri­ada re-en­act­ment group pre­pare for battle.

Learn­ing tra­di­tional skills.

Louise Op­pen­heimer, left, was on hand to teach weav­ing work­shops.

The chil­dren at­tack.

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