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Beer tent rips prompt organisers of Strathpeffer Highland Gathering to prepare alternative arrangements ahead of eagerly anticipated weekend event in Ross-shire

By Hector MacKenzie

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Malcolm Cleghorn gave a caber tossing demonstration at the event in 2017. Picture: Gair Fraser.
Malcolm Cleghorn gave a caber tossing demonstration at the event in 2017. Picture: Gair Fraser.

A ROSS-SHIRE community gearing up for its first Highland gathering since 2018 has been forced to make alternative arrangements for its beer tent after finding several rips in its existing one.

Strathpeffer Highland Gathering takes place on Saturday, August 6.

The event fell foul of Covid over the past two years and in 2019 was cancelled because of the weather.

Related: Organisers tee up first Strathpeffer Highland Gathering since 2018

Organisers yesterday reported that their gala tent marquee - used as the beer tent – was found to be damaged after it was taken from the shed last week. It was noticed that it has several tears in it and "has been damaged to the extent that we are unable to use it this year".

The event posted: "Luckily we have alternative arrangements but it is so annoying that someone has borrowed the tent and when they were done with it dumped it back on the floor still wet and with 6 or 7 rips/tears in it.

"We are unable to get it repaired in time, that is IF it can be repaired."

The event will have cashless entry and is not selling advance tickets this year. It posted: "We have cash/card machines that will enable you to gain entry without cash - please bring some cash for spending at the craft and food stalls though, as usual we have some wide and varied things for you to see while you are here.

"We are hoping you will be able to join us this year, the first Strathpeffer Gathering since 2018."

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