THIS year the October Gaitherin has returned to Huntly, where nearly 70 young people, of secondary school age, have gathered at The Gordon Schools, and classrooms are full of young people playing pipes, fiddles and clarsachs.
The games hall has become a hip-hop dance studio, and there are voice, keyboard, guitars and drama classes around the school. The young people also get an opportunity to learn about how to play as part of a band.
The Gaitherin has now been running for 20 years and this year’s participants come from across central Aberdeenshire, including Oldmeldrum, Ellon, Inverurie, Kemnay, Alford, and Huntly.
They are all enjoying the informal atmosphere and a chance to meet up with friends from previous Gaitherins and welcoming those attending for the first time.
A number of the participants are residential at Sir Arthur Grants Centre at Monymusk where additional activities are provided.
The Gaitherin is run by volunteers with very welcome donations of funds from the Garioch Charities Shop and the Glens of Foudland Windfarm Project. More details of the annual Gaitherin are available on (01467) 628118 or visit www.gaitherin.org.