Highland fling will not be far flung

The Grampian Association Pipe Band competing at last year's Highland Gathering
The Grampian Association Pipe Band competing at last year's Highland Gathering

Corby Highland Gathering is to stay in its Old Village location after residents said they are happy with the venue.

Organisers suggested moving the event on Sunday, July 8, to the site of the old Tresham College in George Street before building work begins on a multi-screen cinema there in August.

But after listening to the views of people in the town, a decision has been made to keep the gathering at Charter Field.

It was suggested that by moving the gathering to the town centre it could link up with events at The Core theatre and involve town centre businesses. Chairman of the organising committee Cllr Mark Pengelly said: “We’ve had a debate on the move and listened to what people had to say and we won’t be moving the location.

“People are very happy with the Old Village location and over the years we have had a tremendous amount of support from pubs in the area and the community centre.

“We’ll be going along with public opinion.”

The gathering promises to be bigger and better than ever with more pipe bands taking part in the competition. Cllr Pengelly said: “There are no major pipe band contests elsewhere in the country on the day of the gathering, so we expect a really good turnout.

“We’ll also have the usual Highland dancing competition and we could be introducing some heavy or strongman events.”

Gathering organisers are still looking for a main sponsor for the event and Cllr Pengelly urged local businesses to consider giving their support.

Old Village pubs have agreed to increase their funding and if more sponsors can be found the admission price can be kept to £2, with no entry fee for children.

Cllr Pengelly said: “The gathering is great value for money and the admission charge is one of the lowest in the region. We want to keep it that way. We have to replace the boards for the dancers this year, so that’s an additional cost that has to be met.

“At the end of the day, the gathering is a great Corby event which is enjoyed by thousands and we’re looking forward to another success.

“We’ll be appointing a chieftain in the next month or so.”

Businesses interested in sponsoring the gathering can call Cllr Pengelly on 07760 434896.