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FAMILY FUN DAY AT ST MUN’S FUND RAISER SAT 24th SEPTEMBER

It’s a Family Day Out to help raise funds for new internal Church lighting and to renew and uplift external lighting

The fair will be hosted throughout the Church grounds and the Church hall with car-parking and toilets on-site
img061Every thing you expect from a family fundraiser has been included to cater for all members of the family.                                                                       From Face-painting/Glitter Nails to Bouncy Castle. From Tombola to Arts and Craft Stalls, From Owl Magic to Information and Exhibitions including The Purple Funfair , Argyll Mausoleum, Sandbank  Heritage , Faith In Cowal and much more

DUNOON PRIMARY SCHOOL TO WALK RACE FOR LIFE AT DUNOON STADIUM

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With the weather looking promising Dunoon Primary School Students will be heading for Dunoon  Stadium on Thursday lunch time to take part a Cancer awareness even in Dunoon Stadium

The Walk is due to start at 1.00pm with over Two Hundred Students and teachers taking part supported by their Families.

Dressed in Gold and Yellow this is a sight worth seeing and you are all invited to come along and support the students

Dunoon Community Radio will be there and with the help of the budding DJ students be playing lively music and recording students thoughts on the event for broadcasting on DCR97,4FM

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OUR FRIENDS AT COWALFEST ARE LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS AT THE HUB 7th — 16th OCTOBER

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Friday 7th October – Sunday 16th October 2016
Volunteers needed to help at “The Hub”
For the duration of CowalFest Argyll, bookings will be taken for walks and other events at the Burgh Hall “pop up shop” in Argyll Street.   This arrangement with the Burgh Hall is much appreciated as it will provide a central point for anyone wishing to book/discuss a walk or event and will also be a starting point for some of the walks.    Being within easy walking distance of the pier makes it easy to access for folk coming off the ferry too.
However, “The Hub” requires to be manned during the day to deal with bookings and enquiries.    With this is mind, we are looking for volunteers to help for a few hours over the course of the Festival.    No great computer skill is required as everything will be written down in an easy to follow format but a smile and a friendly disposition would be beneficial!
If you think you could help then we would love to hear from you.    We have 20 slots to fill during the ten days and envisage that two people would be needed for each time slot.     If you can volunteer why not bring along a friend to help and make it into a social occasion?!    Tea, coffee, biscuits etc will be provided free of charge!
The hours would be 9am to 1pm or 1pm to 4.30pm each day.     Even if you cannot do the whole period of time we would like to hear from you but, if you can fill more than one slot, we would be even more pleased!
If you think you can help please email the required information toeleanor.stevenson1234@hotmail.co.uk or moiraclinch@hotmail.com  (Moira Ferguson)
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Preferred day/time from 7th to 16th Oct inclusive
Times when you will definitely not be available

CowalFest Argyll is a not for profit organisation and relies on volunteers to keep it going.    It is one of the largest walking and outdoor festivals in Scotland and is important to the local economy as it brings in visitors from outwith the area and lets them see what a beautiful part of the world we live in.    It also provides local people with the opportunity to explore new parts of the area with the help of a knowledgeable guide but without volunteers to help the event would be a non-starter!      Hopefully, you will try to find some time to help!

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CHILDREN FROM DUNOON YOUTH STUFF (SCOTLAND) TO BE STREAMED LIVE IN NEW SHOW BY AWARD -WINNING ARTIST

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 As the Crow Flies was created by Greg Sinclair, working with over 100 young people aged 7 to 25, based in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dunoon, Isle of Coll and Ghent (Belgium). It is the culmination of a project exploring music and performance through the use of instruction and graphic scores.

The show celebrates human connections and investigates how young people of different ages and in different social and geographical locations respond to the same materials.

Greg Sinclair said:

It’s been wonderful to collaborate with these young people. I was inspired by their creativity and wanted to make sure their ideas and interests would stay at the heart of the work. I was also hoping to expand my understanding of live music performance by combining elements of live art, theatre, digital technology and visual arts.”

Two groups of young people (four 9-13 year olds from Dunoon and four 17 year olds from Ghent in Belgium) will be livestreamed on stage, interacting with the show and each other in a beautiful and humorous display.

The performances will also be streamed at livescoreproject.com for Scottish and international audiences who are unable to attend.

 

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 The performance is the culmination of Imaginate’s livescore project – a year-long project funded by Creative Scotland’s Time To Shine fund. With project partners: #artcore, Lyceum Youth Theatre, Argyll Youth Arts, Kopergietery (BE), After the News

Imaginate is the national organisation in Scotland, which promotes, develops and celebrates theatre and dance for children and young people. Imaginate wants more children in Scotland to experience work that is deeply engaging, innovative and inspiring. The organization supports artists with a year-round programme of creative development, including events, training, residencies, mentoring and special projects.

Imaginate also produces the Imaginate Festival which showcases the best of children’s theatre and dance from around the world and is recognized as one of the best places for international programmers to see work of the very highest standard.

The young performers are from Dunoon Youth STUFF (Scotland) and from a Kopergietery ateliers group in Ghent (Belgium).

Greg Sinclair recently won The Arts Foundation’s Children’s Theatre Fellowship. http://www.artsfoundation.co.uk/Artist-Year/2016/all/616/Sinclair

As the Crow Flies creative team includes:

Greg Sinclair – director and performer

Kate Temple – designer

Caitlin Skinner – dramaturg

Neil McGuire – lead digital artist

Jassy Earl – film artist

Kyle Mcaslan – digital artist

 

GETTING READY FOR COWAL-FEST ARGYLL 7TH – 16TH OCTOBER

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Now available at dozens of outlets this is the Brochure that tells you nearly everything about Cowal-Fest Argyll, we say nearly because in every year in it’s 14 years history there have always been those extra last minute surprises.

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COWAL OPEN STUDIOS 2016 23RD – 26TH SEPTEMBER

DUNOON – GOUROCK FERRY ACTION GROUP TO VISIT HOLYROOD

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As you may of heard here on Dunoon Community Radio the DUNOON – GOUROCK FERRY ACTION GROUP  are to take their plea for a Vehicle-carrying Gourock-Dunoon Ferry service to Holyrood .

DCR97.4FM Presenter Neil Alexander long time supporter of the DGFAG will be keeping everyone up to date in his morning programme and encouraging listeners to join him on the 6th OCTOBER when it is hoped up to 100 folk will travel to Edinburgh.

TICKETS FOR THE TRAVEL ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT £10 EACH

FROM THE FOLLOWING OUTLETS.

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EVANGELIST BILLY GRAHAMS “SECOND CHANCE” TO BE SHOWN IN DUNOON.

 

new life The New Life Christian Fellowship on Queens Street Dunoon is to show the acclaimed Billy Graham Christian film “Everyone Needs A Second Chance”Saturday 10th September at 7.00pm. As always everyone will be made most welcome by Pastor Noman Wright and the Fellowship congregation and as always there will be tea and cake. No matter who you are or where you are from everyone is welcome and after the film a wee gathering with good craic.

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GETTING READY TO GLOW GOLD

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A Dunoon mum is campaigning for local landmarks to be illuminated in gold to raise awareness of childhood cancer.

Rachel Hayes is championing a national appeal which aims to transform the appearance of recognisable Scottish buildings during September.

Ms Hayes’s son Thomas was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a high-risk form of childhood cancer, five years ago.

After battling through intensive treatments, including 8 weeks in Jacksonville, Florida for Proton Beam Therapy, the tumour was  finally declared stable and dormant. Thomas will be 10 in August, and although the tumour is dormant, he still suffers from long term health issues caused by the treatments he received.

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His mum is determined to make other parents aware of the signs of childhood cancer.

Ms Hayes said it would be fitting if landmarks in Dunoon and Argyll & Bute  were bathed in golden light as part of the Glow Gold September drive.

Along with her mum, Pat Hayes, she has approached the Castle Hill Museum to ask them to take part in the campaign and light up Gold in September. .

“So many people in Dunoon were so generous towards Thomas and I, it would only seem right that buildings here are part of Glow Gold September”, she said.

“Childhood cancer is still such a taboo subject, and we need to raise awareness as much as we can.

“I never thought it would happen to us, I’d never heard of Rhabdomyosarcoma before Thomas was diagnosed.

“The earlier it can be caught, the better chance that child has.”

Ms Hayes said that Thomas is still affected by his cancer battle and the treatments he underwent to combat the disease.

A series of chemotherapy sessions damaged Thomas’s teeth, he has neuropathy (nerve damage) in his hands and feet, cataracts in both eyes, and he also has to have daily growth hormone injections as his pituitary gland was damaged by the Proton treatment.

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Edinburgh Castle, the Kelpies structure in Falkirk, His Majesty’s Theatre in Aberdeen and the SSE Hydro arena in Glasgow and the Falkirk Wheel to name just a few,will all be illuminated gold during September.

Local businesses who wish to take part are asked to e-mail Pat Hayes at gokwc1@gmail.com

 

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WOW-WE JUST NEED TO TAKE A DEEP BREATH

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Wow, what an incredible three days and congratulations for everyone involved from the fantastic  condition of the Stadium to the hundreds of folk taking on many many task without which the last three days wouldn’t have been the incredible success it is being hailed to be

For all of us involved in the last three day’s especially Frlly and her Gathering broadcasting team here at Dunoon Community Radio it’s going to take a day or so before we can step back and fully appreciate the last three days. With over 20 hours live broadcast and dozens of  interviews with visitors  from 17 different countries, then there was the competitors themselves dozens of shout outs and on air chats. With so many famous faces out and about mingling as part of the crowds enjoying the Cowal Highland Gathering, yes you were right and it really was them!

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Several  musicians in Dunoon for the Gathering popped in the chat to Frlly  and her team and what they had to say will be played out over the next few weeks so be sure to keep tuned in. Listen out as old friend of Dunoon Community Radio Norrie Tago MacIver  brought listeners up to date into what was happening in his world and how much he was enjoying being part of Skippinish and the thrill of collaborating with Angus MacPhail in writing tunes and told us it wouldn’t be to long before there is a new single and album. He also  told us about the thrill of performing in front of an audience and said it was something everyone should experience at least once, He said the Friday night performance at “Gig At The Gathering” was an incredible experience  and he was looking forward to the Saturday gig then Skippinish hit the road straight  after to take the main Stage at the Shrewsbury Folk Festival

Over the next week or so we will post a lot of information and photo’s on our facebook page so please keep coming back and please like us.

Thank you to every one who tuned in now matter where you where  and to the many folk who contacted us far to many to ever consider mentioning individually –you know who you .

Everyone one here in the Frlly Gathering Team really enjoyed the experience of broadcasting from this years Gathering already being acclaimed as one of the best and proving that Cowal Highland Gathering is Stronger and more popular than ever.

Janet West and her dedicated team at the Cowal Highland Gathering working closely with the DCR admin Fiona and her team  have provided us with so much information over the last three days we have to say a big thank you  and hope we didn’t get in the way, here is the final posting from Janet

As family days out go, this one ranked among Scotland’s very best.

Thousands of people from across the world gathered in Dunoon today for the spectacular climax of the Cowal Highland Gathering (CHG).

Competitors and spectators alike joined forces to ensure the event’s finale was a day to remember for everyone involved – as it always is.

From the hundreds of dancers and pipers to the heavy athletes, runners, ceilidh bands, stunt cyclists and many other entertainers on show, every participant contributed to what was a fantastic day’s entertainment.

The standard of competition was breathtaking, with many of the world’s top competitors giving their all in a bid go home with the silverware.

Overseeing the action was this year’s Chieftain, former Sky chairman and Cowal resident Nick Ferguson CBE.

One of the highlights of the Gathering’s final day – and one of the most fiercely contested – was, as always, the Cowal Pipe Band Championship.

This year, Inveraray and District Pipe Band managed to hold off the challenge of Johnstone Pipe Band to be crowned winners of the Grade 1 Cowal Pipe Band Championships 2016 and take home the famous Argyll Shield.

In the other sections and grades, the Cowal Pipe Band champions were:

Novice Juvenile B – Kintyre Schools
Novice Juvenile A – Oban High School
Juvenile – Oban High School
Grade 4 – Lanark and District
Grade 4 MSR – Lanark and District
Grade 3 – Kintyre Schools
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Grade 2 – Johnstone
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Inveraray and District won the Best Band on Parade. The champion juvenile drum major was Rowan Murdoch of Denny and Dunipace, and the champion adult drum major was Campbell Gillies of Rothesay and District.

Today also saw the Argyllshire Highland Dancing competitions (for dancers who live in Argyll and Bute) which turned out to be a real family affair. Top honours in the Under 13 category went to Eilidh Gammons from Helensburgh, with her sister Catriona picking up the top prize in the Under 16 category. Rhiannon Charles, also from Helensburgh, triumphed in the 16 years and over class.

At 11am, at the Burgh Hall in Dunoon town centre, 40 brave runners lined up for what must be one of the toughest 5K runs in the country – the Cowal Hill Race.

This year, it was once again won by Steven Campbell of Greenock’s Glenpark Harriers, with Adam McLean second and Paul Monaghan third.

The first local home was Richard Reid of Dunoon Hill Runners. The winner of the women’s race was Lucie Noakes, also of Dunoon Hill Runners, followed by Marion McMillan (2nd) and third-placed Morven Walsh.

Then came the biggest Highland Dancing competition in the world – the World Championship finals – with dancers from Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA pitting their skills against the best the UK has to offer.

In the end, it was Erin Blair of California who once again emerged victorious in the World Juvenile finals, followed by Michelle Gordon of Huntly and Louise Barton of Cairneyhill.

The trophy for best Scottish Juvenile Dancer went to Michelle Gordon, and the best Overseas Juvenile Dancer was Erin Blair.

In the World Junior championship, California’s Emma Schiff held off the challenge of Sophie Dunn (2nd) and Morgan McDougall (3rd), both of Ontario, Canada.

The best Scottish Junior Dancer was Finley Duncan of Banff, and the trophy for the best Overseas Junior Dancer went to Emma Schiff.

The Adult World champion was once again Ontario’s Marielle Lesperance, who won every element of her competition. In second place was Alberta’s Rebecca Thow, with Ellis Hayes from Newton Stewart in third.

Marielle is also taking home the Mary McHarg Quaich for best Overseas Adult Dancer. The cup for best Scottish Adult Dancer went to Ellis Hayes.

Throughout the afternoon, four of the world’s hottest traditional music bands entertained the crowds in the now-famous ceilidh tent.

Leading the pack once again was Oban-based Skipinnish, who brought the house down when they headlined the show over the last two years and who also wowed the crowds at last night’s Gig at the Gathering.

Today, they were joined by three of the hottest up and coming names on the traditional music scene – Deoch ‘n Dorus, Trail West and Heron Valley.

While they were playing in their marquee behind the stadium, the heavy athletes and wrestlers battled it out for top honours in the stadium itself.

For the first year ever, there was a new International Heavy Athletics Team competition as well as the traditional individual contests. Four-strong teams (three men and one woman) from Scotland, Germany and Iceland battled it out throughout the afternoon, with Iceland eventually carrying off the new team trophy.

In the overall individual heavy athletics, Iceland’s Heisi Geirmundsson came out on top, with Daniel Dorow from Germany second and Scotland’s Daniel Carlin third.

In the women’s competition, Lucy Marshall from England beat off the challenge of Germany’s Sylvana Bomholt (2nd) and Laura Allan of Scotland, who came third.

Stefan Kolitch and Sylvana Bomholt, both of Germany, were crowned men’s and women’s caber toss champions respectively.

The wrestling this year featured 33 wrestlers from five countries – Scotland, Iceland, Germany, France and Estonia.

The Female Open section was won by Iceland’s Marin Daesdotter, with compatriot Margaret Runadottir runner-up.

In the men’s Open competition, European Champion Asmunder Asmundsson from Iceland fought off the challenge of Frazer Hirsch from Carnoustie to take the title. Gunnar Gustav of Iceland was third.

The weight category winners were Sam McCrory from Hamilton in the 9 and a half stone category, Greg Neilson (also from Hamilton) in the 11 and a half stone event, Scott Carson from Aberdeen in the 13 and a half stone section and Frazer Hirsch in the 15 and a half stone category.

This year, there was a bigger and better selection of entertainment for all ages than ever before.

One of the most popular draws proved to be the Xtreme mountain bike stunt team, which performed three gravity-defying shows to packed audiences.

Among the other most popular new attractions were the Ferret World display and Glasgow Science Centre’s Disgusting Digestion workshops.

A highlight for the younger visitors was once again ‘Artie’s Tartan Tales’ featuring veteran entertainer Artie Trezise, who spent 30 years as one half of The Singing Kettle.

Cowal Highland Gathering chair Ronnie Cairns said the success of the weekend and the enthusiasm of everyone involved would ensure that this famous event will continue to go from strength to strength.

“Judging from the feedback we’ve been receiving over the last three days, the vast majority of people who have taken part this year – whether competeting or spectating – are going home having had a brilliant time,” he said.

“It’s very rewarding for everyone involved in its organisation to see and hear how much people enjoy it. There are so many people working away behind the scenes to ensure that everything is as good as it can possibly be by the time the last weekend in August arrives, and I’d like to thank all our supporters, volunteers and sponsors for once again pulling it off.

“Our competitors have excelled themselves, as they do every year. Our spectators have marvelled at the skills on show, as they do every year. And the entertainments on offer in addition to the traditional Highland games elements have once again proved a major hit.

“The success of this weekend ensures we now have renewed energy to ensure the Gathering continues to be one of Scotland’s top family events by once again securing the best competitors, attractions and entertainment for next year.

“We very much look forward to welcoming everyone back to Dunoon for the 2017 Gathering.”

Craig Anderson, Managing Director of The Scottish Salmon Company, said: “Yet again the Gathering has shown just why it is one of Scotland’s top family events, and why we are so proud to continue our support as its main sponsor.

“From its unique atmosphere, world-class competitors and spectacular musical performances, this year offered the perfect celebration of Scotland’s culture and traditions. It has also been extremely encouraging to see the Food Zone expand and more local producers showcase the best of Scotland’s larder to visitors.

“We are committed to playing an active role in the communities that we work in and to support the Gathering as it strengthens its reputation as one the world’s most spectacular Highland Games.”

Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said: “Scotland is known worldwide as the perfect stage for events and, over the last three days, the 2016 Cowal Highland Gathering has proven how important highland games are to this reputation.”

Dunoon residents and visitors are already starting to line the streets for the event’s show-stopping finale this evening – the massing of the bands and their march down Argyll Street.

The final act of this year’s Gathering will be the spectacular Western Ferries firework display at the Coal Pier in Dunoon town centre, starting at 9.30pm.

A full list of the results of all today’s action will be posted on the website (www.cowalgathering.com) as soon as possible.

A SECOND SPECTACULAR DAY AT COWAL HIGHLAND GATHERING

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Cowal Highland Gathering crowds enjoyed a Second spectacular day of the Cowal Highland Gathering

 

Visitors to the Cowal Highland Gathering today had a taste of why the event is billed as the world’s most spectacular Highland Games.

 

The crowds who gathered in Dunoon were treated to a feast of top quality Highland Dancing, piping and heavy athletics as well as a variety of other entertainment.

 

From the start of the very first event, there was never a dull moment with hundreds of top quality dancers, pipers and athletes battling it out for coveted Cowal Highland Gathering honours.

 

Those who arrived early were spoiled for choice, with the Scottish Highland Dancing Championships and the senior A and B Grades solo piping competitions as well as the junior solo piping competitions all taking place before lunch.

 

The Local Juvenile Solo Piping competition also took place in the morning, as did the Burgh Cup Competition for solo piping.

 

In the Scottish dancing championships, The May G Falconer Trophy awarded to the best Male Dancer in any of the Scottish Championships Events 8 to 15 was awarded to Cameron Walker from Denny.

 

The May Falconer Memorial Trophy awarded to the best Scottish Dancer (resident) in Events 8 to 15 was awarded to Eilidh Gammons from Helensburgh who scored a maximum 352 points

 

In the senior solo piping, top honours went to Andrew Lee from British Columbia, who walked off with the coveted Grade A championship title.

 

In second and third places in the Grade A competition were Nick Hudson from Pennsylvania and Stuart Easton from Manawatu-Whariganui respectively.

 

In the Grade B contest, the results were Callum Harper from Ontario (champion), Graham Mullholand from Dunkeld (second) and Ben McClamrock (third).

 

In the junior section, Euan McNab from Dunoon emerged triumphant winning the Burgh Cup.

 

The Cowal inter-school sports competition also took place in the morning, with the crowd in fine voice as they roared the youngsters on.

 

At lunch time, the popular Classic Car Display in the Alexandra Parade car park in the town proved a hit with locals and visitors alike.

 

In the afternoon, the stage was set for the first of the ever-popular heavy athletics competitions, with some of the world’s top athletes throwing their weight around in a bid to be crowned Cowal Highland Gathering champion.

 

The Senior Grade C solo piping contest was also held, with Steven Gray from Lockerbie|
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Cowal Highland Gathering chair Ronnie Cairns said he’s very happy with the way the event is progressing.

 

“It’s been a fantastic first two days. As always the atmosphere has been brilliant, and the crowds have been treated to some top quality competition,” he said.

 

“The first two days have gone as well as we could have hoped – with even the weather doing its bit! And the fun’s by no means over for the day, as we’ve still got the Gig at the Gathering – one of our newest and most popular elements, headlined by the world famous Skipinnish, with Heron Valley and Trail West in support – to come.

 

“If last year’s anything to go by, those fortunate enough to have tickets are in for a fantastic night out. Let’s hope they all make it back to the showground tomorrow for what is traditionally the flagship day for this wonderful event, with a feast of dancing, piping and athletics as well as the Cowal Hill Race and a vast array of additional entertainment.

 

“If you haven’t already got a ticket, I would urge you to come down to the stadium tomorrow and get a taste of what is always one of the most exciting days in the Highland Games calendar.”

 

Craig Anderson Managing Director of Scottish Salmon Company said: “We are really proud to be involved with such an important and uplifting celebration of Scottish culture.

 

“Each year the event gets better and better, offering a spectacular array of world-class athletics, Highland dancing and traditional pipe bands.

 

“We’re enjoying our role as part of the Food Zone this year and I would urge anyone heading to the event on Saturday to go along to one of our interactive food demos to sample our finest sea loch fresh Scottish salmon.”

 

A full list of the results of all today’s action will be posted on the Gathering website as soon as possible and Dunoon Community Radio Presenter Flly and her Gathering broadcasting team will bring you up to date first thing tomorrow.

 

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SPECTATORS FLOCK TO FIRST DAY OF COWAL HIGHLAND GATHERING 2016

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Spectators flock to day one of Cowal Highland Gathering 2016

The crowds came out in Dunoon today as Cowal’s world famous Gathering finally got underway.

Visitors have been pouring into the town over the last few days in the run-up to what is one of the most eagerly awaited Highland Games events in the Scottish calendar.

Today they joined scores of local people in flocking to the Gathering for the start of the action.

At 10am sharp the first event got underway – the Scottish National Highland Dancing Championships.

The Scottish Championships are one of three major dancing competitions being held during the Gathering. The others are the Argyllshire Championship and the World Championship, which both take place on Saturday.

Today’s action saw 384 dancers in 11 categories battle it out for the honours.

It wasn’t all about dancing today, because the entertainment is not quite finished. The ever-popular 5K Cowal Run is due to start from the Yachtsman Café at West Bay at 7.15pm this evening.

Athletes from Cowal and Inverclyde are expected to set off along the route, cheered on by hundreds of spectators.

Cowal Highland Gathering chair Ronnie Cairns said he was delighted by how the event’s first day had gone.

“Dunoon is the centre of the Highland dancing world this weekend, and today we got a taste of what we can look forward to for the next couple of days,” he added.

“The competitors all did themselves proud and, as always, were cheered on by an enthusiastic crowd which made for a great atmosphere and really set the tone for the rest of the weekend.

“People across the globe who are serious about Highland dancing will now be holding their breath to see who comes out on top in the various competitions, as the Cowal Gathering crown is the most glittering of them all.

“If today’s events are anything to go by, we’re in for a real feast of top class dancing over the next couple of days.”

Ronnie said the efforts of everyone involved in organising and running the Gathering over the last few months have paid off.

“I’m delighted to say that everything has gone smoothly so far. Even the weather was kind to us today, with no rain to dampen the spirits of either competitors or spectators,” he said.

“We’ve got a packed schedule for tomorrow and Saturday with something for everyone to enjoy, whether it be more Highland Dancing, pipe bands, solo piping, heavy athletics, wrestling, ceilidh music, running, cycle stunt teams, Glasgow Science Centre workshops, animal display teams, food demonstrations, interactive storytelling or any of the many other attractions around the town this weekend.

“I’m very pleased with how the first day has gone, and we look forward to welcoming everyone back again tomorrow for another day of spectacular entertainment.”

Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said: “Highland Games not only celebrate Scottish culture and history but are also a huge draw for visitors from far and wide, so we are delighted to support Cowal Highland Gathering once again in 2016 through EventScotland’s National Funding Programme.

“The event delivers a major boost to the local economy as thousands flock to the area and it is fantastic to see so many people enjoying what was a spectacular first day in Dunoon.”

A full list of the results of all today’s action will be posted on the Gathering website –www.cowalgathering.com - as soon as possible.

 

CELEBRATING 21 YEARS OF KIRN GALA AND LOOKING FORWARD TO THE NEXT 21 YEARS —Looking forward to seeing all tomorrow

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You have heard us speak about it here on Dunoon Community Radio and we hope you have kept up with the updates on social media with much reference to previous years with hundreds of photos on Face Book.

This year with new members joining the small committee, the Kirn Gala celebrates it’s 21st Anniversary and looks forward to the future by putting the emphasise on the original philosophy of the Kirn Gala by presenting a family event providing free entry with fee paying Charity/Community market stalls raising money or promoting  their organisation.

For this the largest Charitable event in Cowal a carnival atmosphere is encouraged with stall holders presenting novel and original ways of enticing visitors to their stalls.

Attention is given to the many young folk who attend the event by providing special attractions during the event.

To celebrate the 21st Anniversary the traditional entertainment from the stage will show case the talents of many local youngsters celebrating 21 years of Kirn Gala and looking forward to the next 21 years.

Here is a wee review of what you can expect to see

 

Here is a wee review of what you can expect to see

Cowal pipe Band with Pipe Major Scott Wilson

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Dunoon Argyll Pipe Band with Pipe Major Duncan Macleod

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For the First Time ever both Bands combining for a very special performance

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And Introduce by the Master Of Master of Ceremonies

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Alex Pollock

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Christina Cairns School Of Highland Dancing ,

Straight from their successful appearance at the World Piping championship

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Dunoon Grammar School Pipe Band with Pipe Major, Craig Wilson

Presented by Gordon Blair –the very newly formed talent of Cowals Finest musicians -We can’t fit the whole Orchestra on the stage but but can give you a flavour of things to come

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 The Cowal Community orchestra

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The Extremely Talented Songstress

Katie Cameron

Singer Guitarist

Chloe Honeyball

 Always sure to put a spin on it the very Famous

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Cowal Baton Twirlers

And for something very special and very new– put together so recently some members haven’t yet been introduced to each other —-put together

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Kirn Gala is very proud to present the Band that everyone in the business is talking about, Cowals newest Band sensation   –Headlining for the 21st Kirn Gala Anniversary  

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Closing the proceeding will be the very popular piper

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JAMIE CAMPBELL

The event compared by DCR97.4FM presenter                                                                      VICTOR

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KIRN GALA HEADLINERS Ri chèile VISIT DCR97.4FM STUDIO

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Ri chèile Cowals latest Band sensation prior to their headlining role at this years 21st Anniversary Kirn Gala gave a live performance at the recent Pop Up Café Bar at Jamie’s Coast Coffee @ Dunoon’s Pier. (Ducky) Calum MacPherson – Drums Cambeul Walker – Vocals, Guitar Robbie Ireland – Guitar, Piano Holli Scott – Fiddle &  Amy MacPherson – Fiddle gave an inspired performance which left the audience in no doubt that these talented youngsters truly deserve the Top Of The Bill at are this year’s longest established biggest Charity event and are contenders for this years “must see band”

You can hear the Band chatting to TLLLVLB host Victor after their performance at  Pop Up Café Bar at Jamie’s Coast Coffee @ Dunoon’s Pier Monday after 5.00pm and Tuesday 5.00PM -7.00PM

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GETTING READY

IT’S GETTING BUSY,BUSY HERE IN DUNOON AND IT’S ALL COMING TOGETHER FOR THE 21st ANNIVERSARY KIRN GALA

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Here are some of the stalls and attendees you can expect to see at this year’s Kirn Gala—- Kirn Parish Church, Cowal Fest, Fyne Entertainments, Kirn Primary School, Enviro Kirn, Dunoon Community Radio, Historic Kilmun, Balloons 4 U, Living it Up, Health and Wellbeing Network HWN, Chouxmakers Cakes, All Sorts, Bloodwise, Crossroads Carers, Glenfinnan Walled Garden

Crossroads Young Carers, CHATS Cowal Hospice, Sandbank Heritage, Inverness Fudge, Dunoon Link Club, Sew & Sew, Rotary Club Dunnon, Candy Floss, Dunoon Learning Centre Liz Millar & Ruth Samuel, Sparks and Sparkles, Daisy Rocks Design Dani Halligan, Home Start, Friends 2gether

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Dunoon Redcross, Dunoon Firebrigade, Coast Guard, Mr Whippy, Donut Stand,Shaun Taylors Amusements spinning cuos Bouncy Castle and more along with Cheeko The Clown and not to forget our friends from The Bute Street Theatre

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Local businesses will also be open with Sizzlers, Java Walk, Kirn Variety, Cowal Cottage Bakery all ready to serve that little bit extra

 

IT’S BIGGER & BETTER –THE WORLD FAMOUS COWAL HIGHLAND GATHERING

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YES IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN AND THIS YEAR EVERYTHING IS BIGGER AND BETTER WITH RECORD NUMBERS OF ENTREES TO THE GAMES AND MUCH MORE ACTIVITIES IN THE STADIUM SO MUCH GOING ON. FRLLY’S GATHERING TEAM IS EVEN BIGGER THAN PREVIOUS YEARS TO ENSURE LISTENERS ARE KEPT FULLY UP TO DATE WITH ALL THE LATEST NEWS REPORTING ON EVENTS AS THEY HAPPEN AND OF COURSE THERE IS THE GOSSIP. MEMBERS OF FRLLY’S TEAM WILL ALSO BE OUT AND ABOUT AROUND THE STADIUM GIVING COMPETITORS, ATTENDEES AND VISITORS THE OPPORTUNITY TO TO BE BROADCAST AROUND THE WORLD .

 YOU CAN START CONTACTING US NOW BY REACHING US THROUGH OUR WEB SITE GUEST BOOK WHERE EVERYTHING IS PUBLISHED FOR FOLK TO SEE , THROUGH OUR E-MAIL OR FACEBOOK

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Frlly starts of the Cowal Highland Gathering Coverage  Saturday 20th August at 2.00pm with an update 2.00pm Tuesday

For all the latest updates, news, reviews & gossip with great music –IT’S THE NEXT BEST THING TO BEING THERE