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Gathering offers free entry to Cowal primary pupils

Cowal Highland Gathering is providing local families with an extra incentive to join the thousands of people who will flock to Scotland’s premier highland games event.

Every primary school pupil in Cowal will receive a voucher when they return to school next month, which entitles them to free admission to the event with a paying adult.

The promotion, sponsored by Inveraray Jail, was announced at the same time as tickets for the event became available through its office in Dunoon’s HIllfoot Street as well as via its website.

CHG Chair Ronnie Cairns said the event organisers wanted to give local youngsters every possible encouragement to join in the fun.

“We have worked very hard over the last year or so to ensure that we cement our reputation as one of Scotland’s top family events, and we’ve managed to secure some fantastic entertainment for our younger spectators this year,” he added.

“I’m delighted that every primary pupil in Cowal will be able to enjoy what’s on offer for free provided they come with a paying adult, and I’d like to thank Inveraray Jail for its generous sponsorship.

“Of course, there is no extra charge for the entertainment once spectators are through the gates. So once the vouchers have been distributed to children after the start of term, I’d encourage their parents to buy their own tickets as soon as possible and guarantee themselves and their families a wonderful day out.”

This year, the Gathering will feature bigger and better family and children’s entertainment than ever before.

Among the new additions are the world famous Clan Mountain Bike Stunt Team, the Drakes of Hazard sheepdog and duck display team and a pop-up 3D cinema from the Glasgow Science Centre.

In addition Artie Trezise, who spent 30 years as one half of The Singing Kettle – Scotland’s biggest children’s act – is returning by popular demand after the success of his ‘Artie’s Tartan Tales’ act last year.

There will also be come and try sporting arenas , including a mountain bike track, as well as the ever-popular Cowal Kids Tent featuring the usual mix of puppet shows, clowns, magicians and balloon benders as well as other attractions.
All this, of course, is in addition to the usual mix of Highland dancing, pipe bands, traditional wrestling, heavy athletics and ceilidh music.

There will also be entertainment on Dunoon’s Argyll Street throughout the day and evening, starting at 10.30am with children’s games and entertainment in the Argyll Gardens led by Cheeko the Clown. This will be followed by Canned Haggis, who will perform from the bandstand.

During the late morning and early afternoon some of the pipe bands coming from the Queen’s Hall will be stopping to entertain the crowds on Argyll Street on their way to the stadium.

At about 1.45pm, a pipe band will lead the hill race runners from the Argyll gardens to the race start line by the Burgh Hall ready for the 2pm start.

Later in the evening, after the prize giving in the stadium, the bands will make their way back down Argyll Street displaying their silverware. During this march they will be judged for the most entertaining band, with the winners receiving £500 – courtesy of sponsorship from Dunoon restaurant 51st State/La Cantina - and the re-introduced Davie Towie Trophy.

Two runners up will each receive £100, thanks to sponsorship from The Commercial and MacClures Bar.

Clanadonia, a tribal drum and pipe group, will also be on hand to entertain the crowds around the Argyll Gardens prior to the Western Ferries fireworks display.

“There really will be something for everyone, with entertainment for all ages throughout the day,” Ronnie Cairns said.

“The town is already starting to buzz with the event now only weeks away, and we’re counting down to what we believe will be a Gathering to remember.”

This year’s Cowal Highland Gathering – which takes place in association with charity partner Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS) – runs from Thursday 28 to Saturday 30 August.