Argyllshire Gathering Picture Gallery and Comment

BANNERBelow are some snaps I took at Oban during the week. High definition copies are available. Place orders at pipingpress@gmail.com stating clearly which pic you’re after. Apologies to Craig Sutherland. I am afraid the picture of him with his two medals for winning the March and Strathspey & Reel is pretty awful. Don’t know what happened Craig but I’m no Derek Maxwell. If you’re reading this (Craig) perhaps you could have one taken with the kilt jacket on and I’ll publish it in a later post.

So here are the photographs:

     Oban '14 - dougie and deck copy

 

Above we see 2014 Oban Gold Medallist Douglas Murray and Silver Medallist Decker Forrest with their well-deserved awards. Decker said: ‘I am am obviously delighted to win the Silver Medal and I would like to thank sincerely Iain MacFadyen for all his help.’ This year’s Oban Silver is another step up the ladder for Decker. He has already secured the prestigious Dunvegan Medal for MacCrimmon piobaireachd held every year at Portree, Skye. Decker tells me he now has a croft out in the wet and windies so no chance of bothering neighbours with practice. Here he is with the Duke of Argyll:

 

Oban '14 - Decker and Duke copy

 

When I returned to the March bench after lunch I bumped into this cheery lad pictured below – and he had plenty to be cheery about. He had just secured the Duke’s Medal for Junior MSR. He’s Jamie McKerrall and yes, he’s one of the clan from Campbeltown. Jamie says he has his eyes set firmly on the senior contests when he gets older. Look out for him in the lists in the years ahead:

Oban '14 - jamie mckerrall copy
Well done Jamie!

 

As I wrote earlier, the honour of being the pipe major leading the pipers to the field on games aday at Oban is something every piper dreams of in his/ her career. A few years ago the tradition was in danger of petering out, but now the pipers themselves willingly turn out in significant numbers to create a good sized phalanx of musicians worthy of the occasion. The walk up the road is rounded off neatly with a well-earned dram from the Duke. Well done to all concerned this year for making it a special day for the 2014 medallist. Here are some shots:

Over the bridge with a front rank of Douglas Murray, Gordon McCready, William Geddes and Decker Forrest
Over the bridge with a front rank of Douglas Murray, Gordon McCready, William Geddes and Decker Forrest
Douglas leads them into the park with Oban P/M Euan Dewar in the background (centre). Also seen is Andrea Boyd who did so well taking third in the GM
Douglas leads them into the park with Oban P/M Euan Dewar in the background (centre). Also seen are North Americans Jori Chisholm and James MacHattie
Finally a close up of 2014 Gold Medallist Douglas Murray with David Wilton behind
Finally, a close up of 2014 Gold Medallist Douglas Murray with David Wilton behind

I will have a full comment on the Gold Medal at Oban and also on some of the light music later – after Inverness. I am not saying that what I write will have any bearing on the result – it won’t – but it could be construed as such, so we’ll wait until afterwards.

Before closing, another thanks to all the messages of support from around the world that I have received. It has been quite overwhelming and encouraging. I am grateful to you all.