Corby’s gathering preparations gather pace

FLASHBACK: Last year's Highland Gathering
FLASHBACK: Last year's Highland Gathering

A national union boss will oversee proceedings at Corby’s spectacular annual highland gathering.

ARoy Rickhuss, the General Secretary of the Community Union, has agreed to be the Chieftain for this year’s 48th gathering at Charter Field.

Pipe bands are coming from as far away as Australia for this year's Highland Gathering

Pipe bands are coming from as far away as Australia for this year's Highland Gathering

There will be a record 15 bands for the massed bands event including three coming all the way from Australia, as well as 100 highland dancers.

A record number of entries have also been received for the solo piping contests.

Mark Pengelly, who organises the show alongside Amanda Gibson, Suzanne Lilly and Amanda Tilley said he was proud and pleased that Roy could find time in his busy schedule to not only be the Chieftain but also offer some sponsorship.

Leader of Corby Borough Council Tom Beattie: “It’s brilliant that the committee has managed to persuade Roy to come to the show.

“I have personally known Roy for many years and have seen him in action, working day in and day out fighting for jobs, wages and working conditions in Corby and all around the country for those he represents.

“Roy is a great friend of Corby and I know he will do the Community Union and Corby proud.

“I wish the Corby Highland Gathering committee all the best for the event, which is a pivotal day in Corby’s social calendar.

“I trust that the town’s people and the many that come from far and wide to participate and watch will have a great day.”

Roy Rickhuss said, “Community has a long and proud history of representing members in the area and I have many friends in Corby. Just like Community and our founding union, the Iron and Steel Trades Confederation, Corby has steel at its heart.

“Corby people have been active in our union for generations and that continues today. As Corby has changed the union has changed and now we are reaching out to Corby workers outside the steel industry to give them the support they need in a changing working world.

“It is a great honour to be the first union leader to be invited to be the Chieftain and Community is proud to support this year’s Gathering.”

The gathering will be held on Sunday, July 10 at Charter Field in the old village.