Massed bands delight the crowds at Corby gathering

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The sight and sound of the massed bands at Corby’s Highland Gathering on Sunday (July 14) brought the event to a stunning close and delighted the crowds.

At the end of the day, chieftain Duane Ashworth, whose son Lance Corporal James Ashworth was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross after losing his life in action in Afghanistan last year, thanked everyone for supporting the event.

The mass pipe bands enter the arena at Corby Highland Gathering

The mass pipe bands enter the arena at Corby Highland Gathering

He said: “It was a fantastic day and the people of Corby were out in force and made it a success.

“It was an honour to be chieftain and James would be very proud.”

Mr Ashworth and Corby mayor Judy Caine presented prizes to the winners of the All England Highland Dancing competition and the winners of the solo piping and pipe band contests.

In the pipe band competition, the winner of the Grade 4 section was the University of Bedfordshire, with Wolverhampton in second place and Standard Triumph, third.

Grade 4 MSR winner was the University of Bedfordshire, with Wolverhampton in second place and RAF Waddington Pipes and Drums, third.

RAF Waddington (Halton Pipes and Drums) won Grade 3, with the University of Bedfordshire second and the Grampian Association Pipe Band of Corby, third.

The University of Bedfordshire won Grade 2, with RAF Waddington (Halton Pipes and Drums), second.