Condolences to the family of Eilidh MacLeod (14) from Barra who was one of the 22 people murdered by Islamic terrorists in Manchester on Monday night at the Ariana Grande pop concert. Eilidh was a promising piper. Fois Shioraidh thoir dhi.
Here she is playing a few years ago for an incoming ferry at Castlebay with her friends (Eilidh is on the left):
Pipers and drummers are being asked to contact Manchester Community Pipe Band regarding a massed band gathering as a show of support and respect to everyone effected by the heinous events of Monday night. The event will take place on Sunday, 4th June in Manchester city centre at noon. Telephone Colin on 07815 284697.
The first major highland games event of the season, the Atholl Gathering, takes place this Sunday. Given the numbers and quality of pipers entering this year, it promises to be a memorable competition. The weather at last year’s event was glorious and the forecast for this Sunday is pleasant. Craig Sutherland from Crieff was the overall winner at last year’s Atholl Gathering.
The origins of the Atholl Gathering lie in the gathering that had been held at Bridge of Tilt since 1825. After visiting the Eglinton Tournament in 1840, the 6th Duke of Atholl decided to move the ‘Tilt Meeting’, to nearby Blair Castle. The reason for this was to commemorate the presentation of the Queen’s Colours to the Atholl Highlanders, his personal regiment. The Colours, were Queen Victoria’s ‘thank you’ to the local men who provided a guard during her stay at the castle the previous year.
The Gathering continued in the grounds of the castle until the outbreak of the First World War. In 1966 the 10th Duke revived the Atholl Highlanders but it wasn’t until 1984 that he reinstated the Atholl Gathering.