The Local Inverness Highland Games was held under overcast conditions on Saturday 21st July. Proving a closely fought contest, it was a good warm-up for next week's European Championships at the same venue.
The contest marked the inauguration of the new Dowling Drumming trophy. The splendid trophy was donated by the renowned local drumming tutor and adjudicator Alasdair Dowling. As his wish was for it to be a drumming prize at a local contest, it was fitting that it should be presented at Inverness Games. Alasdair presented the trophy to L/D Sinead Bruce of Bucksburn & District N/J.
The Novice/Juvenile grade had one of the largest entries in local years, with 5 bands entered, including Scots College New Zealand, 47th Culter B.B., Bucksburn & District, Ross & Cromarty P&D School, and Dingwall Juniors who were making their debut. Great to see so many youngsters involved! Both band and drumming prizes went to Bucksburn & District.
Grade 4 was a real Highland battleground, with Badenoch & Strathspey just edging out Northern Constabulary Community to win the grade, with the drumming prize going the other way. Picking up third was Fraserburgh R.B.L.
Dornoch Pipe Band pipped Turriff & District to win the Grade 3 event. Their drum corps also took away the drumming prize. Playing up to Grade 2 Dornoch again took the band prize, while Turriff picked up first place in drumming.
The Drum Major prizes stayed close to home, with Liam Christie (Beauly) and Duncan MacDonald (Northern Constabulary Community) taking 1st and 2nd respectively in the Adult section, while S. MacDonald (also Nothern Constabulary) took the Junior prize.
Well done to all bands and Drum Majors - best of luck for the Major contest next week!