Success for Bute competitors at Cowal Gathering

Rothesay's Daniel McDermott was the highest scoring piper in each of his three events at the Cowal Highland Gathering in Dunoon.
Rothesay's Daniel McDermott was the highest scoring piper in each of his three events at the Cowal Highland Gathering in Dunoon.

Competitors from Bute returned to the island victorious from the 2016 Cowal Highland Gathering at the weekend.

Three young Rothesay dancers - Eilidh McTaggart, Summer Leonard and Mollie Aiken - had the thrill of being presented with their trophies on the main stage and in front of the Grandstand. Eilidh and Summer tied for the Christina Cairns Trophy in the Beginners 8 Years Section, in which 34 dancers participated.

Bute trophy winning Highland dancers Mollie Aiken, Eilidh McTaggart and Summer Leonard with teachers Anne McIlroy and Kathryn Armstrong.

Bute trophy winning Highland dancers Mollie Aiken, Eilidh McTaggart and Summer Leonard with teachers Anne McIlroy and Kathryn Armstrong.

With three first places and one second place, Mollie was awarded the James McCorkindale Trophy for the Best dancer in the Novice Section.

Also included in the prize list in the 11 Years and Under Beginners Section was Sophie McLachlan, who gained sixth place in the Sword Dance and fourth place in the Reel.

In the 10 Years and Under Novice Section, Harry Aiken won four medals - fourth place in the Swords and Seann Truibhas, and fifth place in the Highland Fling and Reel.

In the Argyllshire Championships, Elena McMillan was awarded third place in the Sword Dance.

Drum Major Campbell Gillies took the coveted top spot in the adult drum major championship.

Drum Major Campbell Gillies took the coveted top spot in the adult drum major championship.

Former Rothesay Academy head boy and Inverary and District Pipe Band piper, Daniel McDermott, also had caused to celebrate at the Cowal Gathering.

Daniel was placed fifth in the Grade C Piobaireachd competition, and was first in the Grade C March and Grade C Strathspey and Reel. He was presented with the Stewart Kay Cup and the Robert Innes Memorial Shield respectively.

For being the highest scoring piper in all three events he was also presented with the Balquhidder Cup and Cowal SG&E Medal.

After being soaked at Bute Games the previous week, Rothesay and District Pipe Band were greeted with a glorious day for their final competitive event of the year at Cowal Highland Gathering on Saturday. Despite a slightly depleted band due to work commitments and an impending birth, the players were pleased with their performance and were delighted to be placed third in the Grade 4 competition.

Rothesay and District Pipe Band had cause to celebrate after taking third place in the Grade 4 Pipe Band contest.

Rothesay and District Pipe Band had cause to celebrate after taking third place in the Grade 4 Pipe Band contest.

Drum Major Campbell Gillies also enjoyed a winning end to the season being placed first in the Drum Major event from a strong field of competitors.

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