And then there were two-well not quite…….
Last Tuesday Lachie Dick and my good self held the fort. We had a tune, pie and pint, while the masses headed to Oban to hunt the big prizes. We thought we would have a job finishing the 6 pies on offer but Nick Keyden and Angus Lutton turned up to help us out. Only on the pie front mind you-no pipes!
So while we warmed up the pipe and charmed the barmaid others were ensconced in the Tartan Tavern in Oban catching up on piping times and looking forward to the two days pipe fest.
Perhaps a time to review our all year round policy as two things are inevitable?
One; the piping calendar is now so full that from time to time the Tuesday evenings will clash with significant piping events elsewhere with the bulk of our local membership heading off to compete or indeed judge? This is of course very pleasing as it is great to see the famous tie doing the rounds on the boards.
Two; people become fatigued/stale and need time to recharge the batteries and/or catch up with domestic bits and bobs? Perhaps a winter sabbatical is required?
Time for another committee meeting I think? Gin free? Eh no, I don’t think so. That way we will make important decisions and not be able to remember them in the morning. All committees should try this at least once.
1st Stuart Liddell, “Lament for Colin Roy MacKenzie”
2nd Iain Speirs, Edinburgh, “Lament for Colin Roy MacKenzie”
3rd Murray Henderson, Kirriemuir, Scotland, “The Stewarts’ White Banner”
4th Willie McCallum, Bearsden, Scotland, “The Fingerlock”
5th Jack Lee, Surrey, British Columbia
1st Finlay Johnston, “Farewell to the Laird of Islay”
2nd John Mulhearn, Glasgow, “MacIntosh of Borlum’s Salute”
3rd Glenn Bown, Glasgow, “MacIntosh of Borlum’s Salute”
4th Douglas Murray, Scotland, “The Daughter’s Lament”
5th James MacHattie, Summerside, Prince Edward Island, “Black Wedder’s White Tail”
Silver Medal Final
1st Peter McCalister, “You’re Welcome, Ewen Lochiel”
2nd Craig Sutherland, Scotland, “Lament for Donald of Laggan”
3rd Decker Forrest, Scotland, “Salute to Donald”
4th Elizabeth Sheridan, Canada, “Catherine’s Lament
MacGregor Memorial Piobaireachd
1st Angus J. MacColl “MacLeod of Raasay’s Salute”
2nd Sandy Cameron, “The Old Men of the Shells”
3rd Ursa Beckford, “MacGregor’s Salute”
Former Winners MSR
1st Gordon Walker
2nd Jack Lee
3rd Angus MacColl
4th Willie McCallum
5th Gordon McCready
1st Cameron Drummond
2nd Alex Gandy
3rd Craig Muirhead
4th Alasdair Henderson
5th Andrew Carlisle
Strathspey & Reel
1st Alastair Dunn
2nd Ryan Canning
3rd Cameron Drummond
4th Callum Beaumont
5th Fred Morrison
1st Innes Smith
2nd Graham Drummond
3rd David Wilton
4th Ben McClamrock
5th Greig Wilson
Strathspey & Reel
1st Ben McClamrock
2nd Jonathan Graham
3rd Gavin Ferguson
4th David Wilton
5th Xavier Boderiou
1st Alex Gandy
2nd Alastair Dunn
3rd Gordon McCready
4th Andrew Carlisle
5th Ben McClamrock
The Cowal Highland Gathering has come and gone with Boghall taking their second Championship of the season. Congratulations. (Burnside-good effort. Are you ready for another Glenfiddich challenge with yer pal Drummond?). If you don’t know that story its worth finding out- a wee classic.
“Burnside, Drummond service please……………….”
Our next meeting is Tuesday 4th September just before the Northern Meetings in Inverness.
Hope to see you then.