August 31, 2007

PHOTOS ADDED: Liddell wins Clasp, Northern Meeting day 2

Aviemore, Scotland – August 31, 2007 – The second day of the Northern Meeting at Aviemore, Scotland, saw Stuart Liddell of Inveraray, Scotland, win his first Clasp, the contest reserved for those who hold one of the Highland Society of London’s Gold Medals. For the first time, the prize list extended to five places.

Iain Speirs of Edinburgh accepts the 2007 Northern Meeting Highland Society of London's Gold Medal for Piobaireachd from the great Iain MacFadyen, who won the same award in 1957.Clasp
1st Stuart Liddell, “Lament for Hugh” (£210)
2nd Angus MacColl, Benderloch, Scotland, “Lament for the Duke of Hamilton” (£145)
3rd Naill Matheson, Inverness, Scotland (£100)
4th Murray Henderson, Kirriemuir, Scotland, “Lament for Hugh” (£70)
5th Jack Lee, Surrey, British Columbia (£50)
Judges: Bill Livingstone, Iain MacFadyen, John Wilson

The result of the Silver Star March, Strathspey & Reel, which was held on the Thursday but carried on until just before midnight due to the late start and finish of the Gold Medal, wasn’t announced until the closing ceremonies. In the end, Jack Lee (pictured, right) won his third Silver Star, the first of which he gained in 1981.

The major prize-winners on stage at the end of the 2007 Northern Meeting Piping Competitions at Aviemore, Scotland.Former Winners MMSSRR
1st Jack Lee (£195)
2nd James Murray, Cupar, Scotland (£140)
3rd Willie McCallum, Bearsden, Scotland (£100)
4th Alasdair Gillies, Pittsburgh (£70)
5th Richard Hawke, New Zealand (£40)
Judges: Ronald Lawrie, Gavin Stoddart, Andrew Wright

A-Grade Hornpipe & Jig
1st Angus MacColl (£70)
2nd Naill Stewart, Kyle of Lochalsh, Scotland (£50)
3rd Gordon Walker, Galston, Scotland (£40)
4th Stuart Liddell (£30)
5th Glenn Brown, Milton, Ontario (£25)
Judges: John MacDougall, Iain Morrison, Andrew Wright

Silver Star winner Jack Lee checks his messages and A-Grade MSR winner Niall Stewart checks his whisky at the end of the 2007 Northern Meeting Piping Competitions at Aviemore, Scotland.B-Grade March
1st Alan Johnston, Royal Dragoon Guards (£60)
2nd Ryan Canning, Glasgow (£45)
3rd Marion Horsburgh, New Zealand (£35)
4th Peter MacGregor, The Highlanders (£30)
5th Fiona Manson, New Zealand (£25)
Judges: James Jackson, Angus MacLellan, Malcolm McRae

B-Grade Strathspey & Reel
1st Ryan Canning (£60)
2nd Alasdair Henderson, Dunoon, Scotland (£45)
3rd James MacKenzie, Rosemarkie, Scotland (£35)
4th Fiona Manson (£30)
5th James MacPhee, Glasgow (£25)
Judges: Ian Duncan, Ronald Lawrie, Jack Taylor

In the Junior competitions, Faye Henderson of Kirriemuir, Scotland, was the overall champion, with Glenn Ross of Forfar, Scotland, the runner-up.

Junior Piobaireachd
1st Faye Henderson
2nd Ashleigh Bell, Muir of Ord, Scotland
3rd Andrew MacPhee, Perth, Scotland
4th Alasdair MacDonald, Alford, Scotland

Under-15 March
1st Billy Stewart, Perth, Scotland
2nd Charles MacDonald, Inverness, Scotland
3rd Connor Sinclair, Perth, Scotland

Under-18 MSR
1st Glenn Ross
2nd George Stewart, Perth, Scotland
3rd Faye Henderson
4th Cameron Barnes, Plockton, Scotland

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