Blazing sunshine for Corby’s big Highland fling

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Sunshine and a feast of entertainment attracted thousands of revellers to Corby’s Highland Gathering on Sunday (July 14).

As well as the traditional pipe band and highland dancing competitions, there were attractions, charity stalls, a funfair, live music and an exhibition in the community centre, off High Street, featuring Scottish cartoon characters Oor Wullie and The Broons.

Corby's Grampian Pipe Band competes at the Highland Gathering

Corby's Grampian Pipe Band competes at the Highland Gathering

The gathering, held at Charter Field in the Old Village, was opened by chieftain Duane Ashworth, whose son Lance Corporal James Ashworth, of Corby, was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross after he was killed in action in Afghanistan last June trying to save his comrades.

Mr Ashworth, who declared the gathering open, said: “When I lived in Corby I always enjoyed the Highland Gathering so it was a great honour to be asked to be chieftain.”

Welcoming everyone to the event he said: “I hope you all have a great day.”

Corby mayor Judy Caine thanked the gathering’s organiser for their hard work. She said: “Without them it wouldn’t be possible.”

Scores of dancers from all over the UK took part in the All England Dancing Championships, sponsored by Gretton Brook Estates and organised by Amanda Gibson.

Competing in the band competition, sponsored by MPB Structures, were the Royal Corps of Signals, RAF Waddington, Corby’s Grampian Pipe Band, Standard Triumph, the University of Bedfordshire, Wolverhampton and Birmingham Irish.

This year saw the return of the solo piping competition with pipers competing for the Bill Rutherford trophy donated by the family of the late Mr Rutherford, a founder of the gathering.

There was live music and DJs at the White Hart, the Village Inn, the Ex-servicemen’s Club and the Cardigan Arms, as well as a barbecue and refreshment stalls.