Fifth prize in Northern Meeting Gold Medal finally awarded
The mysterious, previously-unannounced fifth prize in the Gold Medal piobaireachd competition at this year’s Northern Meeting at Inverness has been awarded to Richard Hawke of New Zealand, Piper & Drummer Online has learned.
Upon completion of the contest on September 9th, only four prizes were awarded in what is the Northern Meeting’s most-anticipated event. Competitors were left wondering if the judges couldn’t agree, if they had agreed that no competitor was deserving of the fifth prize, or if there had been a simple oversight.
The fifth prize rounded out a very successful Argyllshire Gathering and Northern Meeting for Hawke, who won the A-Grade MSR at Inverness, and placed fourth in the Gold Medal at Oban.
As it turned out, Speirs’ son, John, was born on the 11th of September, weighing-in at a healthy 7 pounds, 10 ounces – a brother for Annie and grandson for Tom and Carol: pure gold, indeed.
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