July 31, 2005

Cairns overall winner of Cambridge solos

Cambridge, Ontario – July 16, 2005 – Much-needed heavy rain set in at an inopportune time for some solo competitors at the Cambridge Highland Games, where John Cairns of London, Ontario, was the overall winner in the professional solo piping.

The rain continued into the afternoon and the Grade 1 band competition was eventually cancelled. Only Grade 1 and Grade 2 band events were offered this year, marking Cambridge’s return to band competition after a long hiatus. Two Grade 2 bands had previously pulled out of the event leaving only one planning to compete.

Cambridge was one of the biggest contests on the Ontario circuit until the mid-1990s, when a string of bad luck, including terrible weather, saw the games suffer and decide to fold.

Professional Solo Piping

1st John Cairns
2nd Jacob Dicker, Sarnia, Ontario
3rd Lionel Tupman, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
4th Douglas MacRae, London, Ontario
5th Ian K. MacDonald, Whitby, Ontario
Judge: Willie Connell

1st James MacHattie, Toronto
2nd Hector MacDonald, Toronto
3rd Andrew Hayes, Ottawa
4th Jacob Dicker
5th Lionel Tupman
Judge: Willie Connell

Strathspey & Reel
1st Andrew Hayes
2nd James MacHattie
3rd John Cairns
4th Ian K. MacDonald
5th Lionel Tupman
Judge: Andrew Berthoff

1st Ian K. MacDonald
2nd John Cairns
3rd Douglas MacRae
4th Andrew Hayes
5th Lionel Tupman
Judge: Tom Anderson


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