Last Saturday’s 48th annual South West Ross Piping Competition attracted a record number of entries as competitors travelled from as far afield as Uist, Fort William and Inverness.
Held in Plockton High School’s Hostel, the competition attracted a record 27 pipers in the under-15 events while the chanter and under-18 piping events also attracted a good level of competitors.
Having taken first place in the Piobaireachd and March, Strathspey and Reel events and second place in the Jig, Brighde Caimbeul from Kyle was the clear winner of the under-18 section.
In the under-15 class Rona Nicolson commanded a strong lead, having placed first in four events and second in the other. Rona is formerly from Portree but now lives in Ardgour.
The beginners’ chanter competition was won by Iain Cormack from Portree and advanced chanter by Katherine Dibble from Broadford. Archie MacLean from Edinbane won the novice piping competition.
Judging on the day were Decker Forrest from Sleat, Colin Campbell and Archie MacLean of Inverness and Moira Robertson from Fort William.
The results were as follows:
Chanter, new competitiors 1st Iain Cormack; 2nd Max Stancliffe; 3rd Ruari Lates; 4th Meghan McCarthy; 5th Declan Malloy; 6th Louise O’ Neil. Chanter, previous competitiors 1st Katherine Dibble; 2nd Allan Cameron; 3rd Sara Jayne Edmundson; 4th Eubha MacLean; 5th Callum Coghill; 6th Natalie Harper. Novice March 1st Archie MacLean; 2nd Ciaran Ross; 3rd Martin Robertson; 4th Padraig McKay; 5th Thomas Goodman; 6th Caly Campbell. Piping, Under-15 March 1st Rona Nicolson; 2nd Frieda McKiggan; 3rd Angus MacPhee; 4th Wallace Dempster; 5th Dougal McKiggan; 6th Finlay Cameron. U15 Strathspey and Reel 1st Rona Nicolson; 2nd Angus MacPhee; 3rd Finlay Cameron; 4th Wallace Dempster; 5th Dougal McKiggan; 6th Calum Craib. U15 Jig 1st Rona Nicolson; 2nd Dougal McKiggan; 3rd Wallace Dempster; 4th Charlotte Becky; 5th Finlay Cameron; 6th Eoghainn Peutan. U15 Piobaireachd 1st Rona Nicolson; 2nd Wallace Dempster; 3rd Finlay Cameron; 4th Dougal McKiggan; 5th Angus MacPhee; 6th Eoghainn Peutan. U15 Gaelic/Slow Air 1st Finlay Cameron; 2st Rona Nicolson; 3rd Angus MacPhee; 4th Wallace Dempster; 5th Frieda McKiggan; 6th Jonathon Beaton. U18 March, Strathspey and Reel 1st Brighde Caimbeul; 2nd Anndra MacIsaac; 3rd Connor Kellett; 4th Cameron Sharp; 5th Ally Weir; 6th Michael Steele. U18 Jig 1st Michael Steele; 2nd Brighde Caimbeul; 3rd Chris Coates; 4th Mairi MacInnes; 5th Connor Kellett; 6th Fergus MacVicar. U18 Piobaireachd 1st Brighde Caimbeul; 2nd Michael Steele; 3rd Anndra MacIsaac; 4th Cameron Sharp; 5th Chris Coates; 6th Ally Weir.