Swords and skirmishes as history comes to life


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For a second year running, Lochgilphead front green was invaded by Pictish, Celtic and Roman warriors, battling local children and confusing them with their labyrinth walk.

The Lochgilphead Celtic and Pictish Festival, held on Saturday August 5, was organised by Lochgilphead Community Council in partnership with Lochgilphead Phoenix Project. And organisers were delighted to see more than 350 visitors throughout the day.

The main attraction was the Swords of Dalriada re-enactment group which put on two entertaining shows, including getting the youngsters to be Pictish Warriors to attack the Romans and Celts with foam swords. This went down very well with the children with several coming back for another round later in the day.

Other activities included a 40-foot labyrinth laid out by Margaret Ker from Ford, who also provided information about the history of labyrinths and rock art.

There was also the opportunity to take part in weaving and spinning workshops led by Louise Oppenheimer of Drimvore and Caroline Kuchmeister of Dunoon. And Mary Carol Souness from Fort William ran craft workshops.

Stalls run by Lochgilphead Community Council, Lochgilphead Phoenix Project, Heart of Argyll Wildlife and the MS Centre also proved popular with visitors.

Brian MacLennan, treasurer of Lochgilphead Community Council, said: ‘We have learned a lot in the last two years and are very happy we are able to put on this event for the people of Lochgilphead and get them involved.

‘It was a great day but we won’t rest on our laurels. We are determined to keep learning and improving to make our Celtic and Pictish Festival even bigger and even better next year.’


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Louise Oppenheimer, left, was on hand to teach weaving workshops. no_a32PictishFest03

Members of Swords of Dalriada re-enactment group prepare for battle. no_a32PictishFest04

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