Friday 19 January 2018

Doctor Who star named games chief

Sylvester McCoy has been named chieftain of the Cowal Highland Gathering in Dunoon.
Sylvester McCoy has been named chieftain of the Cowal Highland Gathering in Dunoon.

Former Doctor Who star Sylvester McCoy has been unveiled as a chieftain for a Highland games event.

The Scottish actor, who played the seventh Doctor in the cult BBC series in the 1980s, said he was "absolutely delighted" with the role for the Cowal Highland Gathering in Dunoon.

The role of the chieftain is ceremonial, with duties including presenting prizes to the winners of the Cowal Pipe Band Championships and the World Highland Dancing Championship. McCoy will also take the salute during the pipe band march past during the event.

More than 500 highland dancers and 3,000 pipers from across the world compete for the championship titles at the three-day event, which attracts 23,000 spectators.

McCoy, 66, who was born in Dunoon, said: "I am absolutely delighted to be attending Cowal Highland Gathering at the end of August, especially considering that as a child I grew up for 18 years watching the pipers marching up Argyll Street.

"I so look forward to revisiting the location and the happy memories. I am thrilled and honoured to have been asked."

Malcolm Barclay, event manager for Cowal Highland Gathering, said: "I would like to thank Mr McCoy for accepting our invitation to be our honorary chieftain at this year's event.

"It is a privilege and honour to welcome Mr McCoy into this role, and both myself and the team at Cowal Highland Gathering look forward to bringing him home to Dunoon this year."

The Cowal Highland Gathering is one of Scotland's biggest highland games events. It takes place at Dunoon Stadium, Argyll, from August 26 to August 28, from 9am to 6pm each day.

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