Cowal Highland Gathering have announced that the television presenter, writer, director and Cowal native Paul Murton is to be the Honary Chieftain for the Cowal Gathering 2012.
Paul will attend the Cowal Gathering on Saturday 25th August 2012. As Chieftain he will present the trophies to the winners in the World Highland Dancing Championships, before accepting the salute from the spectacular massed bands and presenting the winning bands with some of the most prestigious trophies in the pipe band world.
Cowal Gathering Event Manager, Malcolm Barclay, has said “we are delighted That Paul has accepted our invitation to be this year’s Chieftain and look forward to welcoming him back to Dunoon. His passion for Scotland and its culture is well known and we are certain he will enjoy his day at one of the finest cultural events Scotland has to offer.” Paul Murton has said “it is a privilege and an honour to be asked to act as the games’ chieftain for the Day – especially so because I have many fond memories of the event from my childhood, joining the crowds to thrill at the march past of the Thousand Pipers. And now I’ll be taking the salute!”
Paul was brought up among the hills of Cowal, where his parents owned and ran the Ardentinny Hotel on the shores of Loch Long. Paul attended the single teacher Ardentinny Primary school, before moving up to Dunoon Grammar School. In recent years Paul has worked in television and film, across a range of genres. His drama credits include The Bill, Casualty, the period drama Bramwell, and the Scottish soap opera, River City. Returning to Scotland with his young family, Paul worked as a freelance producer/director on a number of documentaries for the BBC, Channel Four and STV. In 2007, he began a career in front of the camera as the presenter and director of Scotland’s Clans. More recently, he has become associated the BBC series Grand Tours of Scotland, which he writes, directs and presents.