Record number of dancers sign up for Cowal
COWAL Highland Gathering (CHG) which starts today, Thursday, is preparing to welcome a record number of the world’s best Highland Dancers.
Nearly 650 dancers from across the globe are gearing up to challenge for the world’s most coveted trophies at the famous event.
Many will have travelled thousands of miles to take part, with competitors flocking to Dunoon from as far afield as the USA, Canada, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.
CHG chair, Ronnie Cairns, said the fact that more dancers than ever before will make the journey to Cowal – many of them from overseas - is a reflection of the event’s stellar reputation both at home and abroad.
‘Once again, we look forward to welcoming the world’s very best Highland Dancers and marvelling at their skill and dedication,’ he added.
‘Cowal is proud to host the most important events in the global Highland Dancing calendar culminating, of course, in the final of the World Highland Dancing Championship. The fact that more dancers than ever are making the trip – many of them at great personal expense – proves that our reputation continues to go from strength to strength.
‘Spectators at this year’s event will witness the very best dancers from every corner of the globe battling it out for our famous trophies.
‘It’s always an unforgettable spectacle – both in terms of the sheer number of dancers on show and the standard of their dancing - and this year will be no different. We can’t wait for the action to kick off.’
It won’t just be more dancers on show this year than last. There will be more pipers too, with 36 bands making the trip to Dunoon.
Many of the bands, which together boast hundreds of individual pipers and drummers, are seasoned performers at Cowal. One, however – school band Sgoil Lionacleit from the tiny Hebridean island of Benbecula - is making its debut at the event.
The spectators are sure to give Sgoil Lionacleit, along with all others taking part, their usual rousing reception - not just during competitions, but also at the spine-tingling Salute to the Chieftain at the end of the day.
Ronnie said: ‘Pipe band competitions have always been one of the Gathering’s core components, and Cowal Pipe Band Championships remain among the world’s oldest and most prestigious trophies. There’ll be no shortage of worldclass skills on show as the bands battle it out for top honours.
‘The stadium competitions are, of course, only one part of the piping entertainment.
‘ We’re raring to get the show on the road. We’re confident everything is in place to ensure that our competitors and spectators alike have a fantastic day out.’
This year’s Cowal Highland Gathering – part of EventScotland’s National Events programme - runs from Thursday 27 to Saturday 29 August.
For more information about the event or to buy tickets, please visit the Gathering’s website at www.cowalgathering.com or contact the event office by emailing email@example.com or phoning 01369 703206.