Kintyre brings home a treasure from the music and dance festival
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Representatives of Kintyre, including a band of treasure-hunting pirates, have returned from the Oban Highlands and Islands Music and Dance Festival with silverware.
The usually annual three-day event made a welcome return last weekend after Covid put a halt to live competitions for the past two years.
Several young people from the James McCorkindale School of Dancing took part in the competitions of the festival, but it was a troupe of pirates who won a trophy.
The youngsters, dressed in swashbuckling attire, danced to success in the Highland Dance Junior Choreography section, held at the city’s Corran Halls on Friday night, with their performance Pirates of the Clyde.
Musicians also made their mark, with many members of the Kintyre Schools Pipe Band aiming for success at the junior bagpipe competitions held at Rockfield Center on Sunday.
Against several band mates, Hannah Millar not only won the Oban Electrical Services Trophy for Novice (under 14) walking, but she also won the Lodge Earraghaidheal Trophy for being Argyll’s best resident classified in its class.
The festival organizers congratulated everyone who participated in all the competitions held across Oban.
Thanks were extended to all those who lent their support, including the British Association of Dance Teachers (BATD) and the Scottish Dance Teachers Alliance (SDTA) for their continued sponsorship of the Scottish National Challenge. Highland Hustle also sponsored this year’s event.
Festival chairman Breege Smyth said: “It was a huge success. We had many participants who had never been to Oban before and attracted many new competitors to the dance classes.
“It was special to have live pipers accompanying the dancers; this was the first time this had been allowed since Covid.
“There was definitely an appreciation for all the hard work the committee had to bring the festival back on stage; each year before it was taken for granted that the festival would take place.
“Parents were especially grateful that we were back. It was a nice atmosphere all weekend. City businesses were also busy.