HUNDREDS of people helped transform Dingwall High Street into a massive open air ceilidh as a world record attempt on the Strip the Willow coincided with the launch of the town’s ongoing gala week.
While the numbers failed to add up to the near-2000 needed to break the record, organisers this week pledged they’d be back next year to have another crack at it.
The hundreds who did turn out helped boost the fundraising kitty of Deborah Morrison, acting care at home manager for Mid Ross, East Ross and Badenoch and Strathspey, who is planning a Canadian Rockies trek with colleague Pamela Roberts set to raise thousands of pounds for Highland Hospice.
Liam Christie of North Highland Events, said: “Having now seen what it takes to amass such a turnout we are actively looking for sponsors to assist with marketing and developing the event into one that can challenge the world record. We had folk turn out from Tain to Oregon on the day so that makes it an international event!
“The feedback has been really positive and all seemed to thoroughly enjoy the day. In fact it turned out to be a bit of a party after the Strip The Willow attempt, I don’t think we’ve seen such a mixed age group from tots to grannies and grandads doing the conga and actions to YMCA. The social media feeds have been amazing so we really need to build and capture the true spirit of the day.
“Many thanks to the Dingwall Fire Brigade Community Club for their assistance, all the volunteers and Wired for Sound for the incredible PA system.
“We’ll be back!”
The gala continues with a baby show at the National Hotel today at 2pm and a fun day with floats, fancy dress and ceilidh on Saturday, with the fun starting in the Cromartie Car Park from noon.
Lots more pictures inside this week's Ross-shire Journal.