Argyll piper hits all the right notes at gathering
Stuart Liddell of Inveraray with his haul of prizes after winning the senior piobaireachd competition at last week’s Argyllshire Gathering. His winning tune Lament for the Earl of Antrim ensured him a place at the prestigious Glenfiddich championships in Blair Castle in
THE ARGYLLSHIRE Gathering was again a hugely positive day for the town with spectators and competitors coming from across the world to take part in the town’s grandest annual event.
The day was slightly marred at the start with torrential rain - but it cleared up for the awesome march through the town.
World- class pipers played some wonderful tunes and led a healthy crowd onto the games pitch at Mossfield.
The Duke and Duchess of Argyll and their three children attended, as did many other members of the Argyllshire Gathering.
No one seemed to be deterred by unseasonable dreich weather with good numbers in all events - particularly the piping and a good number in the heavy weight events.
The tug o’ war was one of the best seen for years with a well-matched competitive team from Moffat competing against a team from Perthshire.
The Central Belt men won - but only after 12 minutes of a stand- off in the first round.
Their skill was something to be admired.
Poland had the edge in the heavy weight events with brothers Sebastian and Lucas Wenta showing off great skills in all the competitions.
Special mention should be made of Craig Nicholso, Oban, who has been a regular attendee at all events throughout Argyll in spite of an early season injury and his wedding.
Oban high school had a good presence at the games including head teacher Peter Bain, members of the senior school leadership team and principal teacher of PE Murray Hamilton who supported pupils taking part in the day.
Organisers could be proud of the event that shone, despite the weather, and showed what can be done to attract an international audience to the town.
The Duke of Argyll with the dancing trophy winners from the morning dances Commentator Craig Dunbar kept everyone
in order during the day Sheltering from the rain, pupils get close to
teachers under a brolly
Jamie Mellor, who kept a tight rein on the pipers and the photographers during the whole of the games day - despite having put in 19 hours the previous day at the
international piping competitions
Tom Smith of Connel will raised eyebrows in Scottish athletics by claiming the scalp of Andrew Butchart, Scotland’s leading distance runner, national cross country champion and rising Great Britain star at the
Argyllshire Gathering hill race. Butchart had a clear run when at the top of the hill, but Tom, a hill running specialist, overtook him with superior descending skills
on a steep embankment. Tom is a gardene and at the age of 41 has recently become a dad for the first time. He is often to be found out running with the
Former Mull police officer Neil Walker, now from Perth, Australia blows
with the best of them in the piping competitions
Oban high school pupils were selling tickets for a grand raffle. Tickets, costing £1, can be purchased throughout the town and at Oban
The Duke of Argyll presents Katie MacPherson with the Kitchen Garden trophy
Craig Nicholson from Oban throws the weight
The Highland Society of London’s Gold Medal winner John Angus Smith, of London, with family connections in Skye, enjoyed a dram and received the medal from the Duke of
Norman Bissell of the Atlantic Islands Centre , Luing, speaking to interested parties about the
activities at the new island centre
End of season athletics youth champions Eilidh Shearer, 14, from Oban high school and Paddy Dunn, 15, also Oban high school
Dancers receiving awards from games steward (centre) Matthew Anderson and (front) Sherryl
Peter, dancing steward
Moffat Builders on the ropes
St John’s Cathedral treasurer Peter Kemp and provost Nicki McNelly raise awareness of some poor conditions within the building that need
urgent attention. The duo were also in good spirits meeting with many of their parishioners who are interested in supporting the continued use of the
Enjoying a dram: Stuart Liddell and Alastair Dewar
Piping prizes in the youth challenges: with games steward Matthew Anderson is Ross Connor, Campbeltown, who was the junior local
Matthew Anderson, games steward, presents piper Donald MacDougall, Seil, with his first place for the Strathspey and Reel
Sandy Cameron of Roy Bridge won the Silver Medal. He was presented
with this accolade by John Campbell of Kilberry
Taking the long jump
Jamie McCormack of Pencaitland, 56, won the grandfathers’ race before taking part in the tug o’war with his team from Moffat Builders
The Argyllshire challengers tried hard - but failed after only a few seconds in the tug o’