As we pause for a moment to get our breath back before we start reporting on the last week’s events here in Dunoon we must first thank our fantastic listeners who in their thousands joined us not only on FM and the internet but on Facebook. From engineers in Outer Siberia to old friends around the world we are only sorry we couldn’t get to talk to as many overseas competitors and visitors as we usually do but the logistics of broadcasting from our in Dunoon town studio and not direct from the stadium did AT TIMES get the better of us especially when the Cowal Highland Gathering Stream failed. And thank you, yes you for your ongoing support.
It’s been a very busy week here in Dunoon in what is commonly known as Cowal Games Week.
On Wednesday local retailers allowed Charities to use part of their premises for fund raising activities such as tombolo and raffles which was known as the Spirit Of Kirn. The reason behind this charity fund event has already been covered on these pages over the last two weeks.
Last night’s Sunset ceremony was again a great success with many visitors joining local folk to be entertained and thrilled by a bill of incredible local talent even though the DCR Revue opening act was cut back.
A full account is else were on this page
We are now approaching the final day of the Cowal Gathering and as many of our listeners especially our internet listeners have noticed, this year we are not broadcasting direct from the Dunoon Stadium which would have been our 6th broadcasting year, this is due to suitable studio space not being available this year.
This year we are broadcasting direct from the John Street Studio behind the Dunoon Observer & Argyllshire Standard Office where Frlly has been our “anchor presenter” for the last two days for our Cowal Gathering programmes supported by many of the Dunoon presenters.
With the oncoming today of the live vision stream listeners where able on the internet to join Frlly in watching the proceedings which we hope will continue Saturday.
Although broadcasting live from our John Street Studio to ensure the listeners are kept up to date with news, results and of course gossip we will have a small task force working closely once again with our good friend from Pure West Media Janet West who is running the PR once again for the Cowal Gathering. DCR Fiona Admin along with Executive Producer Hamish and a small team of couriers, dongle carries, and pigeon carries will relay information to Frlly and her team.
We shall also be looking back over the last five years listening to some of the many many interviews with some of the most famous names in Highland events and the world of showbiz and celebrity who have visited the Cowal Gathering.
As we will be based in the town we will take the opportunity to talk to visitors and local folk and invite some folk into the studio.
Yes, it is a shame that we are not in the stadium this year but we will do everything we can to keep you updated to what’s going on at the stadium and out and about around the Dunoon.
Hopefully we will be back next year!
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Still looking for Charities or Organisations to take up the offers of retail premises who are allowing part of their property to be used as PopUp Stall to help raise funds for themselves.
If you have a retail premises you could do your own Tombola Pop Up stall next Wednesday.
It doesn’t need to take up much room and if it is in a window Folk could view it from outside.
If you are one of the many Charities or Organisations who was looking forward to taking a charity stall at the 2015 Kirn Gala Cowal’s biggest charitable event with tombola and charity stalls galore hoping to raise much needed funds and spread awareness of your aims and objectives you could do no worse than to consider taking part in the SPIRIT OF KIRN event
Last night we welcomed DEREK MCINTYRE into the studio who after a very successful and hectic weekend compering the BID MOD REVIVAL WEEKENDER is now getting ready to compere the BID SUNSET CEREMONY which is less than a week. First news is this years Sunset Ceremony has a theme. After the Introduction performed by artist from the Dunoon Community Radio Revue –just to get you warmed up we will be entertained by artist from all over Scotland including many from Cowal. ‘Tartan and Tradition’ is the theme and what lends itself more to that than, for the first time in a very long time Dunoon’s very own Three Pipe Bands on the same bill. Christina Cairns Dancers will present no less than three specially choreographed dancers for this event. A World Scottish Highland Dance Champion from Canada Daniel Carr will be making a very special appearance,
as will our very own Tom Irvine making a rare but most welcome appearance.
And all this will be compared by Derek McIntyre which as you know by himself would worth every penny of the admission which on this occasion is nought, zero. Zilch absolutely Free with no charge. We will also have we were informed by Derek not one but two Top Scottish Bands and they are the fantastic Gunna Sound Ceilidh Band and the band really riding high at the moment Trail West .
Thursday 5.00PM–6.00PM - THE LATE, LATE, LATE VERY LATE BREAKFAST SHOW –Tonight in the Studio we welcome DEREK MCINTYRE who after a very successful and hectic weekend compering the BID MOD REVIVAL WEEKENDER is now getting ready to compere the BID SUNSET CEREMONY which is only a week away. Hopefully he will be spilling the beans because this year we haven’t heard a thing
You may have read in the local Dunoon Observer and Argyllshire Standard that for the first time since 1995 (20 YEARS- 2016 -21 st Birthday) there will be no Kirn Gala on Cowal Wednesday 26 th August
Committee member Ian McColm has said that the Kirn Gala will return for it’s 21 st Anniversary.
To many folk Kirn Gala is known as the Cowal’s biggest charitable event with tombola and charity stalls galore where bargains are to be obtained in a carnival atmosphere. For many charity / organisations it is the yearly event where there is the possibility of raising much needed funds and publicising awareness of their aims and objectives
We here at Dunoon Community Radio like many others were looking forward to Kirn Gala and on hearing the sad news felt like some others a little guilty that we didn’t pay more attention last year when the Dunoon Observer reported there were difficulties with the organisation due to the declining numbers on the committee and they were desperate for new volunteers
Along with the Dunoon Regeneration Group we have looked at ways of doing at least an element of what Kirn Gala means and to keep at least a presence of Kirn Gala 2015 alive .
The local Dunoon Observer published a wee piece last week to help gauge local response and support and we are pleased to say it looks very encouraging.
With not much time to go this is what we intend to do,
to ask local retailers (if they have room ) to offer space for a few hours to local charities and organisations and to allow them to set up a Pop-Up Tombola stall in their premises. We are also asking folk who may have responsibility for empty premises to allow them to be used for the same purpose.
Of course retailers or property owners may like to do a pop up stall themselves for their own favourite charity or organisation.
We will of course need to know of local charities or organisations who would like to get involved so that we can bring the two together, to this aim we have introduced a Spirit of Kirn Gala event page on Facebook where folk may go to a link to register as a premises or as a charity or organisation.
It doesn’t have to be a large space, if the tombola prizes could be viewed through a window it should not be necessary for folk to crowd the shop and in some cases the retail business may benefit.
If charities/organisations who got involved could turn each Pop-Up shop into a mini event, Dressing Up, Balloon’s, Banners Bunting ect; it would create a wonderful colourful display and create a carnival atmosphere.
Over the weekend we have had a very good response
Since going live on Sunday the Spirit of Kirn Gala has been gathering comments from well wishers supporting the venture , offers offering premises and buisnesses wanting to be involved. Interest has come from Hillfoot Street, Argyll Street, Queens Street and of course Kirn.
Margaret Macbrayne has promised to organise the Cowal Pipe Band and dancers at the Bandstand in the Argyll Gardens subject to Council permission and Dunoon Community Radio will provide some music and DCR97.4FM REVUE artist as they get ready for the Sunset Ceremony the next day Thursday 27th August.
Please help support us with this initiative to keep the spirit Of Kirn Gala alive 2015 whilst the committee re-group, take on new volunteers and get ready to celebrate the twenty first Anniversary 2016
Working Together with the Kirn Gala Committee, The Dunoon Regeneration Group and the Dunoon Observer we have the makings here of a very special event in and around Dunoon on Cowal Wednesday 26th August .
Let’s all work together for the benefit of everyone and show your support now go to the Spirit Of Kirn Facebook and join in and even invite .
Dunoon Community radio presenter Luke Szymckak will get things started today at the Mod Revival Weekender in the Marquee at the Castle Gardens this afternoon. Organised for the second year by the Business Improvement District (BID) scheme the weekend event has brought to Dunoon many of Scotlands most popular Mod Revival Bands.
Dunoon Community Radio have for the last few days been reminding listeners of the type of music favoured by revival fans and DJ Luke Szymckak will be setting the musical trend for the rest of the day on the Decks of Steel playing a fantastic set including Sixties Soul, Mod, Northern Soul, Ska, Two Tone etc;
Thank you to every one who entered our Fun Draw to get their name and post code on the Guest List for Saturdays Dunoon Revival Marquee event courtesy of our good friends and organisers DUNOON BID
We were hoping that our good friend and sometimes Dunoon Community Radio presenter Steve living in LA would do the draw after he had told us how devastated he was that he could not join in us in the studio’ but we had a wee problem with communication so we asked the wonderful Malcolm Scott who was, as he would be, on an domestic flight to choose 10 numbers between 1-48 which was the total of valid entries we received. We do not want to embarrass any one so we will not mention those who posted premises as their post code or gave Zip Codes or foreign code areas you will forgive us for not entering you as the demand is so great for tickets. If you are DJ Duggie Day with a BEIJING code and do make it to Dunoon In time I am sure we can sort it
You will of course need ID so we know it’s you and if you would like to come up to the studio after the Gig you are most welcome, we go live again just after 10.00pm and will be broadcasting right through the night with Vinne, Luke, Malcolm, Rupert and guest Guest DJ Derek McIntyre
AND THE 10 LISTENERS GOING ON THE MOD WEEKENDER PLAYLIST ARE——
CHRIS MEEK ———————-EH 483BF
KAREN O’ FARREL ————-PA23 7PN
ANDREW MCKENZIE————PA23 8BH
LIANNE EVANS——————- PA23 8BW
G ANDERSON ………………………..PA23 7AB
RAY HOTOM ………………………….PA23 TP
CRAIG ALLAN …………………………PA23 7HA
ROBIN DANKS ……………………… PA23 7JI
ANDY STIRLING ………………………PA23 7TR
DEREK CAMBELL …………………….PA23 7AB
With the Dunoon Revival Event taking over most of the town this Saturday the Ardenlee Care Home are having a Tea Party which you are all invited to. Based on the Playlist For Life programme currently taking place at Ardenlee and here on Dunoon Community Radio.As with all great Tea Party there will be lots of cakes and Fun with games , competitions, tombolas and of course lot of music and as a special Tea Party Treat the lovely Claremarie Nolan and equally lovely (in his own way) Gary DJ Marshall will entertain
One of Scotland’s most high profile actors has been unveiled as the Honorary Chieftain of Cowal Highland Gathering (CHG) 2015.
Greenock-born Martin Compston – who burst onto the big screen in 2002 in the lead role of Liam in Sweet Sixteen – is making the 5,000 mile trip from Los Angeles to take his place as the ceremonial head of this year’s event.
Dunoon Stadium on Gathering Saturday may be a far cry from the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, but Martin is thrilled at the prospect of accepting the salute from the spectacular massed bands as well as presenting the trophies in the prestigious Highland Dancing and Pipe Band competitions.
“It’s an absolute privilege to be asked to be Chieftain at the Cowal Highland Gathering,” he said.
“Having grown up just across the water in Greenock, I know what an event these games are to the West coast of Scotland. They are the perfect way to bring an end to any glimpse of Summer we may have had!
“I have happy memories of getting the ferry across with my family as a kid to
watch the Caber toss, Highland Dancing and the magnificent Pipe Band
competitions, and it is a true honour to be asked to come back as Chieftain.
“Fingers crossed for a bit of sunshine!”
CHG Chair Ronnie Cairns said he was delighted to have Martin as this year’s Chieftain.
“Every year, we try to ensure that our Chieftain is an individual with strong ties to this area who has excelled in their chosen field, and we are very pleased to have met those criteria so spectacularly this year,” he added.
“Martin Compston is a Scottish actor who has won critical acclaim in virtually everything he has appeared in, from ‘Sweet Sixteen’ to ‘Monarch of the Glen’ to ‘Line of Duty’.
“Martin was born and brought up in Greenock, and even signed as a professional footballer for Greenock Morton before successfully auditioning for the lead role in Sweet Sixteen having never done any acting before. The rest, as they say, is history.
“However, despite winning countless awards for his work and travelling around the world living the dream of a successful actor, he has retained his love for his home town and the surrounding area.
“We’re delighted he’s agreed to be the Cowal Highland Gathering Chieftain this year. Although our event boasts many of the world’s top pipers, heavy athletes and dancers, Martin’s presence will add genuine star quality to the proceedings.
“We very much look forward to welcoming him to Dunoon for what is shaping up to be a fantastic weekend of action and entertainment.”
This year’s Cowal Highland Gathering, with main sponsorship from the Scottish Salmon Company, runs from Thursday 27 to Saturday 29 August.
For more information about the event or to buy tickets, please visit the Gathering’s website at www.cowalgathering.com or contact the event office by emailing email@example.com or phoning 01369 703206.
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You may remember at the beginning of the month reading in the Dunoon Observer and Argyllshire Standard that the Argyll and Bute Council had invited the Dunoon Pier Community Trust to form an advisory partnership group .In a follow up to that news it has been confirmed in this weeks Dunoon Observer and Argyllshire Standard (Friday 17th July) that the trust has responded to the councils invitation welcoming the council working in partnership with the trust.
We are looking forward to someone on behalf of the trust coming into the Dunoon Community Radio studio to speak to the listeners, in the meantime Jim MacLean on behalf of the trust has sent us the official statement for our listeners and would also like to remind everyone that If anyone wishes to proffer any ideas prior to a public engagement meeting or has any views they might wish to communicate to the Trust in regard to the future of the pier or might wish to be involved in some manner in the future, then in the first instance please contact him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
THE STATEMENT FROM THE DUNOON PIER COMMUNITY TRUST
“The Dunoon Pier Community Trust welcomes Argyll & Bute’s recently stated commitment to its working with the Trust in partnership, to ensure the future well-being of Dunoon’s historic pier.
“The Trust is committed to ensuring the longevity of the pier and to investigating ways of preserving, utilising and renovating the pier and its immediate area, supporting sympathetic development and promoting the renaissance of the area.
“It is hoped that the pier can again become an attraction as the gateway into Dunoon, Cowal and the wider Argyll area, encouraging visitors to come to the town, which in itself will help boost the local economy. Restoring the historic and iconic pier and its buildings will give a sense of purpose and pride in the community and will lend itself to future investment and employment prospects.
“The Trust will endeavour to promote the pier for recreational purposes and as a community and heritage building for the general use and benefit of all the inhabitants of and visitors to the town and surrounding area and as a sustainable and vibrant addition to the economic future of Dunoon and the wider area.
“This is a fantastic opportunity to push forward an asset that has been dormant for some time and Argyll & Bute Council is to be congratulated in taking the first steps towards the renovation and upgrading of the pier .”
“The Trust hopes to be in a position soon to hold a public meeting, to both gauge and galvanise public opinion, on the subject, in the area, to get feedback from them and to bring on-board those who feel passionately about bringing the pier back to life for the benefit of all,” said Jim MacLean, on behalf of the Dunoon Pier Community Trust.”
After an action packed afternoon with the Primary School Children at the Jungle Jamboree at the Hanover Street Hall several of the Royal Servants came into the studio to Chat to Victor and to tell the listeners of their Christian Faith and the experience of sharing it with the youngsters of Dunoon
Tonight’s Studio Guest L-R
Than-LA,California, – Beka-Atlanta, Georgia. - Pastor Allen (standing). - Chelsea,- Portland , Oregon. - Rachel Jacksonville, Florida and Chris –Seattle Washington.
Over twenty five Christian Students representing dozens of Churches across America are now visiting Dunoon along with leaders to present Christian activities to the young folk in Dunoon.
Pastor Patrick along with volunteers from the Dunoon Baptist Church with Natasha Murphy from Church Schools Greenock where at Hanover Street Hall to welcome Dunoon Primary School children for a Holiday Club Jungle Jamboree, fun, craft and song and stories.
The Student welcoming committee on the door catch up with the local news curtesy of the Local newspaper The Dunoon Observer and Argyllshire Standard