This year the October Gaitherin proved popular again with almost 70 young people of secondary school age taking part.
The Gaitherin took place at The Gordons Schools, Huntly last week, and classrooms were abuzz with young people playing pipes, fiddles and clarsachs.
The games hall became a hip hop dance studio, and there were voice, keyboard, guitar and drama classes around the school. The young people also had an opportunity to learn about how to play in a band. The Gaitherin has now been running for 20 years and this year’s participants came from across central Aberdeenshire, including Oldmeldrum, Ellon, Inverurie, Kemnay, Alford, and Huntly.
Participants enjoyed the informal atmosphere - the chance to meet up with friends from previous Gaitherins and welcoming those who were attending for the first time. A number of the participants were residential at Sir Arthur Grants Centre at Monymusk where additional activities were provided. All the youth workers have themselves been former participants.
The week culminated on Friday with a show in Huntly - an opportunity for participants to show off their talents.