High­land Chieftain’s great Gath­er­ing

Strathearn Herald - - STRATHEARN VIEW -

Dear Ed­i­tor Last Sun­day I had the hon­our and priv­i­lege of be­ing the Chieftain of Cri­eff High­land Gath­er­ing.

Through the cour­tesy of your col­umns, I should like to thank most sin­cerely Chair­man Ian Stew­art and all the Di­rec­tors of the Gath­er­ing for their very kind in­vi­ta­tion.

At no time did I ever en­vis­age hav­ing this hon­our be­stowed upon me.

It was with a sense of pride that I walked down through the town be­hind my old school pipe band and I thank the band mem­bers of Mor­ri­son’s Academy for giv­ing up the last day of their sum­mer hol­i­day to play in my hon­our. I should also like to thank the mem­bers of Cri­eff High School Pipe Band, who also gave of their time to join in the mass bands at the end of the Games and play the Salute to the Chieftain. It was greatly ap­pre­ci­ated.

From the time it was an­nounced that I was to be the Chieftain, I have re­ceived noth­ing but pos­i­tive feed­back, sup­port and en­cour­age­ment from the peo­ple of Cri­eff and I thank them very much for that.

The feel­ing of warmth em­a­nat­ing from the crowd as I walked through the town be­hind the pipe band was tan­gi­ble and it is at times like these that you are re­minded that we are very lucky to live in such a won­der­ful town full of won­der­ful peo­ple.

Thank you Cri­eff, I am proud to be one of you.

Sun­day was a very spe­cial day for my fam­ily and my­self, full of won­der­ful mem­o­ries that I will cher­ish for­ever. Jim McGre­gor

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