Butter Fingers’ blog, 09/06/17

Butter Fingers’ blog, 09/06/17

The aftermath of the mini tornado at Cornhill last week. Photo: Shona Hay.

Great weather we’re having! The charming highland games that takes place at Cornhill in the northeast of Scotland, had to be abandoned last weekend due to a mini tornado swept through the site. The storm wreaked havoc on the park and lifted the First Aid tent over a marquee and into the arena. There were no serious injuries but the noise was terrifying.

“Ten minutes before this we had a beautiful sunny day,” the games secretary said. “It was just torrential. Everybody ran for cover and a wind seemed to appear from nowhere and lifted our First Aid tent and some of the stall holders’ tents. The noise was just terrifying – the noise of the wind and the folks screaming.”

Aye, welcome to summer in Scotland. It put me in mind of the photo on the cover of the May Piping Times which showed young Anna Magee battling valiantly through her tune at Durness last summer.

Belfast tomorrow. Now where did I put my cape?


Due to unforeseen circumstances, the ceòl mòr has been cancelled at this weekend’s Corgarff Highland Games.


Frances Duncan, the wife of Jock and mother of Pipe Major Ian Duncan and the late Gordon  Duncan, passed away yesterday after a long and difficult illness. She was a lovely woman with whom I had the pleasure of meeting on a few occasions over the years.

My sincere condolences go out to the Duncan family.


Guy Ritchie’s new movie, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, has just been released in UK cinemas. Forget David Beckham’s cameo appearance – watch out for a couple of appearances by the City of Leeds Pipe Band. Seriously.


It won’t have escaped your notice that it’s been 50 years since The Beatles’ released their seminal album Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

I dusted off my vinyl – aye, vinyl! – copy yesterday after a friend told me that amongst all the calliope background sounds at the end of the John Lennon song, Being for the Benefit of Mr Kite you can hear a bit of Scotland the Brave.

I cannae hear it, though. How about you?


The organisers of the European Pipe Band Championships at Forres have sent a wee reminder about the World Tattie Scone Contest that’s taking place at the same time. Now I do like a tattie scone (fried in butter on a morning roll and with brown sauce, thank you) but I suspect I’ll have other things to concentrate on during the day. However, if any of you take part do let yer auld da’ here sample your efforts.

If anyone wants to enter here is the entry form: ISSUED -Tattie Scone Entrie Now Open.

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