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Cowal Highland Gathering Statement Regarding RSPBA Decision

The Board of Cowal Highland Gathering has expressed it’s disappointment at the news that it has failed to retain its ’major’ status.

The announcement was made earlier today by the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association (RSPBA).

Cowal Highland Gathering (CHG) Chair Ronnie Cairns said that everyone associated with the event was saddened by the decision.

’Naturally, we are extremely disappointed,’ he said. ’We believe our bid was as strong as it could be, and was significantly enhanced by the improvements to the venue made by Argyll and Bute Council’.

’The event will of course still feature a large pipe band competition, and we now have an excellent opportunity to enhance the Gathering with new attractions which we have not had room for in the past’.

’We will now be able, for instance, to bring in new family attractions for the first time such as a heritage tent, children’s entertainment, kitchen piping events, stunt bike shows and so on.’

The Gathering will still host the Cowal Pipe Band Championships, with bands competing for the world’s oldest and most prestigious pipe band trophies. it will also continue to host the World Highland Dancing Championships, international heavy athletics and traditional wrestling, as well as retaining it’s famous ceilidh tent.

’Far from being the end of the Gathering, this is simply the start of a new era - one which we believe will be every bit as successful as the one which is now coming to an end,’ Ronnie Cairns said.

’We would like to thank all those who have worked with us in supporting our ’major’ bid, in particular Argyll and Bute Council. We will of course continue to work with all our partners to ensure a bright future for the world’s most spectacular Highland Games.’