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LOOKING BACK TO OUR FIRST GATHERING IN 2010

World Championship Winners  2010

2017 was the 9th Cowal highland Gathering outside broadcast for DCR97.4fm the first we broadcast was in 2009.

Outstanding memories from that time were the fact that - Daniel Carr from Ontario was the World Highland Champion with Scotland’s own David Wilton from Forfar runner up and the very shy Marielle Lesperance –from New Brunswick Third

In the Juniors Morgan Bamford - New Zealand was first and you may have seen Morgan this weekend as she was welcomed back as a former World Highland Dancing Champion  to make the presentation to Saturday night’s trophy winners.

Ron, Morgan -bill

 

Also award to Morgan was the Cowal Highland Gathering  ultimate accolade – an Honorary Life Patronage.

2010 Gathering results

Cowal Championship 2010 – Grade 1

1st – The Argyll Challenge Shield - Boghall and Bathgate Caledonia

2nd – Sutherland Challenge Shield - Field Marshall Montgomery

3rd – MacNeal Challenge Trophy - St Laurence  O’Toole

4th – Carson Sinclair Cup - Scottish Power

5th – Macfarlane Challenge Shield - Inveraray and District

6th – A&W Lojko Trophy - Strathclyde Police

Boghall and Bathgate Caledonia

Grade 1 Champion of Champions 2010

Drum- Alex Duthart Drumming Trophy - Boghall and Bathgate Caledonia

Band - The Guinness Trophy - Field Marshall Montgomery

World Highland Dancing Championship

Adult

1st - Daniel Carr - Ontario

2nd - David Wilton - Forfar

3rd - Marielle Lesperance - New Brunswick

Junior

1st - Morgan Bamford - New Zealand

2nd - Olivia Freeman-Shaw - St Catherines, Ontario

3rd - Robyn Hart-Winks - Kirriemuie

Juvenile

1st - Anthea Bundy - Grangemouth

2nd - Ellis Hayes - Newton Stewart

3rd - Maegan Sweeney - Toronto, Ontario

 

 

Another outstanding memory was the 2010 Chieftain Mr Sylvester McCoy who at that time was very well known for playing “DR WHO” and what a gentleman he was putting a smile on the faces of thousands of people including, at times, when a straight face may have been more appropriate

Gathering-Chief Slyvester McCoy

Here is some of what we were saying at the time way back in 2010

—————after a nice easy start of our first outside broadcast things definitely hotted up on Friday, with more results coming in from the dancers with both the Scottish Open Championships of the Highland Dancing and the Qualifiers for the World Championships being competed for today.

The piping competitions kicked off with the Solo Piping and the athletics also got under way with the Primary School Athletics and the Mens Heavy Athletics.

This also brought more people into the studio for a wee chat with the presenters including Billy Forsyth MBE who is M.C. for the dancing competitions who has held the World Champion Title himself and another past champion Christine Lacey from Alexandria.

From the piping world we where joined by Stuart Liddle Pipe Major of Inveraray Pipe Band who was judging today; Alasdair Henderson from Dunoon who won 2 of the solo piping competitions and was one of the first people we recorded way back at the 2006 MOD.In the Trophy Room Alisdair told us some of the previous trophies he had won and explained how much he liked having them in his house, especially the old trophies which had all the names of previous famous pipers engraved on them. Jori who we had chatted to earlier was in luck as he is taking at least two trophies home with him this year – Best Dressed Piper and the Pibroch Trophy. We also managed to talk to some dancers, some children who had come all the way from Bothwell to compete in the School Athletics, members of Cowal Games Committee and some of the stallholders……………

Argyll Championship Winners 2010

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