Growing excitement for weekend of festivities in Corby

Scottish Referendum: Corby: all visitors to The Corby Highland Gathering will be invited to vote in Corby’s own Scottish Referendum. 'l-r Dave Hadden and Mark Pengelly 'Wednesday 4th June 2014'
Scottish Referendum: Corby: all visitors to The Corby Highland Gathering will be invited to vote in Corby’s own Scottish Referendum. 'l-r Dave Hadden and Mark Pengelly 'Wednesday 4th June 2014'
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Corby is gearing up for a fun weekend of community events including its annual Highland Gathering.

Bosses have released the official running order for the Gathering which is this year presided over by Chieftain Steve Noble.

The Gathering takes place on Sunday on Charter Field in the Old Village. The town’s annual celebration of all things Scottish will begin at 8.30am.

In attendance will the mayor of Corby Anthony Dady and MP Andy Sawford.

Walter McGregor from the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association will be there, along with Amanda Gibson and members of the Scottish Official Board of Highland Dancing.

The event will host the All England Championships in highland dancing, with entries from as far away as Australia, and a massed pipe bands event with entries from across the country.

The official party will leave the White Hart at 12.15pm and the event will be officially opened by Steve Noble at 12.30pm.

Then the official party will walk around the showground and return to the White Hart for lunch.

At 4pm the party will tour the top of the showground before the Chieftain takes the salute of massed bands and give out his special award, before closing the show.

But the festivities will continue through the evening.

Every attendee will be given a ballot paper to vote on whether they think Scotland should be independent.

This year’s event is being sponsored by firms including MPB Structures, Storefield Group and Quantum Print.

On Saturday is Corby Carnival.

The parade will begin at 1pm at Oldlands Road make its way into Sower Leys Road. It will then turn into Gainsborough Road and then right into Oakley Road. It will go across the roundabout into Elizabeth Street and then down Elizabeth Street to Cottingham Road, finishing at West Glebe Park.

There will be sideshows and entertainment at West Glebe including a fun dog show to raise money for Wiccaweys Rescued Border Collies.

The dog show will feature 20 classes for dogs of all ages, pedigree, non-pedigree and cross breed.