Gathering will go ahead whatever the weather

Highland dancers at Corby's Highland Gathering
Highland dancers at Corby's Highland Gathering

The Highland Gathering will go ahead in Corby this weekend, despite torrential rain.

But organisers have had to make some alterations to the programme to ensure the safety of those taking part.

Hundreds of dancers had been due to take part in the Highland dancing contest at Charter Field. But the scaffolding boards that make up the dancing arena take two days to lay, and organisers have been unable to access the field this morning so have moved Sunday’s contest to the Best Western Rockingham Forest Hotel in Rockingham Road.

The pipe bands will still play outside.

Des Barber, radio presenter and Corby resident since his family moved to the town from Scotland when he was five, was today named as this year’s chieftain. He also carried the Olympic torch when it visited Corby earlier this week.

Organising committee member Mark Pengelly said: “We haven’t even been able to get access to lay the boards today because of the weather.

“These children spend a fortune on their dresses and hair and we couldn’t let them dance outside in this type of weather so we’ve reluctantly decided to move the event inside.

“But the fair will still be on all weekend and the gathering will go ahead on Sunday whatever the weather.

“The pipe band players don’t mind a bit of rain and I’m sure we’ll get a good turnout.”

Keep checking the Northants Telegraph website for further updates.