A proud grandmother is hoping her 15-year-old grand-daughter will emulate her success at this year’s Cowal Gathering. Grace Black, matriarch of Dunoon's Black’s the Baker family, took part in the Highland dancing Argyllshire Championships 15-and-under for the J C Forrest Challenge Trophy just over 50 years ago.
Now, grand-daughter Claire Black is hoping to do the same as she has entered the same competition that her grandmother won in 1961.
Claire, daughter of Charles jnr and Helen, is a pupil at Dunoon Grammar School and is also a pupil of the Kat Martin School of Dancing where she has trained for a number of years.
Grandmother Grace, who was a pupil of the Chris Cameron School of Dancing (later Chris Angus) said: “Claire is a great wee dancer and I’m not just saying that because she is my grand-daughter.
“She has worked hard and it would be lovely if she was to win the trophy at the same age as I was.”
Claire took part in the recent Inveraray Games and returned with two first places, a second and a third.
She said: “I started dancing when I was about four or five and have competed ever since.”
And she admitted she was “a wee bit nervous” at trying to win the Forrest trophy where she has to come top after four events to take the prize.
However, she will be sure that on this occasion she will have the support of her grandmother and many relatives and friends on Cowal Games Saturday.
Claire, 15, with grandmother Grace Black
Grace Black, aged 15, with the J C Forrest Challenge Trophy
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