Colchester's Lower Castle park is turned into a mini Highland Gathering as pipes and drums from across the south of England play amazing medleys of Scottish tunes as they perform in the arena. You can admire a range of colourful tartan kilts as they march along, and an authentic Scottish atmosphere is created through the additional presence of Scottish dancers. And around the field are plenty of entertainments for all ages.
The Highland Dancing contest will take place throughout the day, organised by Coleen Hutchison.
Pupils from the Sharon Racliife school of dancing will give a demonstration in the main arena.
Dances include the Highland Fling, the Sword Dance, Sean Truibhs, Hornpipes and other favourites, all performed in traditional dress.
Solo pipers wishing to compete should contact the branch secretary via the RSPBA branch website. Note that entries on the day must be in by 1230 and playing will finish at 1500.
1000 Highland Dancing & Solo Piping begins
1020 Piping begins in main arena
1200 Junior Highland dancing display
1230 KEGS Corps of Drums marching display
1300 Pipe band contests continue
1530 Massed Bands finale and prizegiving
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The first Scotland in Colchester event was organised in 1993 by Lieutenant Colonel Willie Allan on behalf of the London and South East Branch of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association. His aim was to provide a local contest to encourage and develop pipe bands in southern England, and with that in mind his family have donated the Willie Allan Plate as first prize in the Grade Four competition. Past mayor Colin Sykes has generously donated the Sykes Salver as the first prize for the Grade 4A contest.
Colchester Borough council have supported and promoted Scotland in Colchester as one of the highlights of their outdoor musical season in Lower Castle Park, a setting that is admirably suited to this family day out. We are particularly grateful for the continued support of Essex Caledonian Pipe Band plus the volunteer stewards from the Ipswich Piping Society, other local musicians and the Colchester and Kelvedon Rotary Clubs who assist on the day.