Ar­gyll piper hits all the right notes at gath­er­ing

The Oban Times - - Front Page -

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.

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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

Phoenix Cin­ema


The Duke of Ar­gyll presents Katie MacPher­son with the Kitchen Gar­den tro­phy


Craig Ni­chol­son from Oban throws the weight

for dis­tance


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

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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

at­mo­spheric build­ing


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’

war com­pe­ti­tion

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