Gathering could move to centre

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Corby’s annual Highland fling could move into the town centre this year.

Organisers are considering holding the Highland Gathering on the site of the old Tresham College before building work begins on a multi-screen cinema in August.

The gathering is being held on Sunday, July 8, and chairman of the organising committee Cllr Mark Pengelly wants people’s views on moving the event to George Street.

He said: “The former college site will have been cleared to make way for the cinema. By holding the gathering in the town centre we could make it bigger and tie in with The Core and town centre firms.

“There’s a lot going on in Corby this summer, with the Queen’s visit, the Diamond Jubilee celebrations and the Olympics and the Highland Gathering could be part of the overall celebrations.”

If the change goes ahead, would not affect the programme of traditional piping and Highland dance competitions.

Cllr Pengelly said: “We would keep all the usual attractions and maybe we could add some. We are looking at the possibility of having some heavy or strongman events. There is plenty of room at the George Street site for the fun fair and all the usual stalls and stands.

“We could have live music in the area outside The Core.”

Talks are going on to secure a celebrity to be this year’s gathering chieftan.

And any local community group or charity can have a stand at the event free of charge. Business from Corby and outside the area will be charged a minimal fee to take part in the gathering which is expected to attract a crowd of 8,000.

Cllr Pengelly said: “The Charter Field has been a brilliant venue and we have always had terrific support from the pubs and businesses in the Old Village.

“However, this year we have an opportunity to try a different venue. We want to hear what people think about the idea.”

To give your views email Cllr Pengelly on

Community groups and businesses interested in having a stand at the event can call him on 07760 434896.