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Cowal set to welcome pipe bands

Preparations for the world’s most spectacular Highland Games are now reaching their climax.

Among the issues being finalised this week in the run up to the famous Cowal Highland Gathering (CHG) is the draw for the pipe band competitions, which was published today.

Some 26 pipe bands have signed up for this year’s event.

The bands, which are coming from as close as Dunoon to as far afield as Wolverhampton, are guaranteed to get a fantastic reception from the thousands of people who will flock to Dunoon for one of Scotland’s best family days out.

CHG chair Ronnie Cairns said although the pipe band numbers are lower than they have been in previous years – partly due to there being another piping competition in Stranraer on the same weekend - he was expecting the overall event to be as successful as ever.

“We always knew that the loss of our ‘major’ status last year would have an impact on our band numbers, and we’ve taken on the challenge of tailoring the event to compensate for that change,” he added.

“Of course, the Gathering will still feature pipe band competitions as one of its core components. The Cowal Pipe Band Championships remain among the world’s oldest and most prestigious piping trophies, and there’ll be no shortage of world-class skills on show as the bands battle it out for top honours.

“What we have managed to do over the last 12 months is to enhance the Gathering with a range of new attractions which we have not had the capacity to host in the past.”

Among these are a host of new family entertainments such as the Clan stunt bike team, a temporary ‘come and try’ mountain bike track, the Drakes of Hazard dog and duck display team and Glasgow Science Centre’s pop-up 3D cinema.

“This is the start of a new era for our famous event – one which we believe will prove to be every bit as successful as the previous one,” Ronnie said.

“Cowal Highland Gathering now boasts a bigger and better range of attractions than ever before, all built on the various elements of a traditional highland gathering.

“Piping is one of those elements. We’re delighted to be welcoming back old friends in 2014, and will be making every effort to grow our band numbers over the next few years.

“The stadium competitions are of course only one part of the piping entertainment at Cowal,” he added.

“There will still be the famous march down Argyll Street on Saturday evening after the prizegiving, with the most entertaining bands receiving prizes.

“And for those who are out and about in the morning, some of the bands making their way from the Queen’s Hall to the stadium will be stopping to entertain the Argyll Street crowds.

“We’ve been working all year to ensure that Cowal Highland Gathering 2014 goes off with a bang, and we’re confident everything is now in place to ensure that our competitors and spectators alike have a fantastic day out.”