With Oban done and dusted and Inverness still to come this was a wee opportunity for the competitors to have a final run before heading North to the Northern Meetings. Jenny Hazzard took the opportunity and gave a selection from her light music and the ground and a few variations of His Fathers Lament for Donald MacKenzie-as it transpired the tune she was actually to play on the day. Jenny acquitted herself very well in the gold medal and managed a very creditable 5th place in the A grade MSR. As the P/M got the evening under way a few very welcome foreign visitors arrived not least Kai and Palle from Denmark and from further afield Brian Williamson from Canada.
Other pre pie pipes were Nils Michael and Andrew Allison. Nils is a fantastic supporter of the Eagles and can always be relied upon to give a sterling performance. Tonight was no exception and he closed with three old school hornpipes Tam Bains Lum, PM GS Allan and The Train Journey North.
Andrew was next up and as you may have seen from previous match reports he is now a regular attender. He is working hard on his playing and the sound of the pipe. The fruits of his labour are starting to show and he produced two very fine 2/4 marches The. Argyllshire Gathering and Donald MacLellan of Rothesay.
Post pies it was Andrew Gray’s turn and he was in fine form. Andrew has had a busy year studying and we have not seen or heard from him as much as we would have liked, but he also is a stalwart of the Society. Included in Andrews slot was the very musical march Allan Dodds Farewell to Scotland composed by PM JM Mackenzie that is making a very welcome appearance at the games this year.
And with Jenny closing the night as described above that was the evenings evening. As the PM closed the night and wished everyone much success at the Northern Meeting we were not to know that our own Iain Speirs would lift the clasp on the Friday playing Donald Gruamach’s March. A tremendous achievement and a father and son first, as we all remember Toms achievement in 1983 when he won the clasp with Tulloch Ard. Iain will be heading up to Blair Atholl full of confidence and who is to say he can not make it three in a row ? I wouldn’t bet against it.