The crowds came out in Dunoon today (Thursday) as Cowal’s world famous Gathering finally got underway - and the outlook for the weekend is excellent.
Both at the stadium and venues in the town crowd exceeded expectation. And weather presenter Judith Ralston forecast a fine weekend is in store for Dunoon.
At 10am sharp the first event got underway - the Scottish National Highland Dancing Championships.
The Scottish Championships are one of three major dancing competitions being held during the Gathering. The others are the Argyllshire Championship and the World Championship, which both take place on Saturday.
Today’s action saw 384 dancers in 11 categories battle it out for the honours.
It wasn’t all about dancing today, because the entertainment is not quite finished. The ever-popular 5K Cowal Run took place this evening.
Athletes from Cowal and Inverclyde set off along the route, cheered on by hundreds of spectators.
Also this evening the Sunset Ceremony took place, a massive crowd gathering in Argyll Gardens to enjoy the show.
There was a real variety of entertainment on offer, from ceilidh music from Canned Haggis to punky folk from the Trongate Rum Riots; sets from the Tina Cairns dancers to the launch of a new Cowal Tweed by weather presenter Judith Ralston. And the stage debut of Cowal Community Orchestra.
See next week's 8-page Gathering pullout in the Standard.
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