New act added to Harpenden Highland Gathering line up

Ceilidh Factor

Ceilidh Factor - Credit: Archant

An exciting new act has been announced as a last minute addition to this Sunday’s Harpenden Lions Harpenden Highland Gathering.

Harpenden Highland Gathering wowed last year

Harpenden Highland Gathering wowed last year - Credit: Archant

Folk dance band Ceilidh Factor will be playing fun and accessible music on a variety of instruments, including fiddles, accordions and guitars, on the main stage.

The group features an expert caller to ensure the music is accompanied by dancing that can be enjoyed by everyone - young and old, expert or beginner.

Ceilidh Factor will be joining numerous other attractions at the family fundraiser, taking place from 10am-5pm in Rothamsted Park.

Other events taking place at the Gathering include a funfair, climbing wall and golf and rugby challenges organised for the children.

Three youngsters enjoying the Scottish dancing last year

Three youngsters enjoying the Scottish dancing last year - Credit: Archant

Pipe and drum bands will also be in attendance with Highland dancing, and traditional Highland Games will be taking place, including tossing the caber and putting the stone.

Ceilidh Factor will join Hawksdrift Falconry, Mane Attraction and the Dog and Duck Display as part of the day’s festivities.


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For the Lions’ President Russell King, the event is an opportunity to bring together local and international communities as well being as a major fundraiser that enables charities to benefit from donations of typically more than £15,000.

He added: “The continuing success of the Gathering depends upon the help of the local community pulling together. We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Pipe Bands, dancers, heavy event competitors, stallholders, sponsors and advertisers, as well as all the local volunteer organisations and individuals involved. These include Scouts, Army and Air Force Cadets, Harpenden Village Rotary and many others who assist with the setting up, running and clearing up after the event.

Batford pipe band were part of the big celebrations last year

Batford pipe band were part of the big celebrations last year - Credit: Archant

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“Of course the event would not be the success it is without the support and involvement of those who come to this great event. See you there!”

The event will be raising money for good causes such as The Bone Cancer Research Trust and Luton & Dunstable Hospital Dementia Care Project.

Entry programmes purchased on the day are priced at £6 each, with children under 16 entering for free when accompanying an adult. However, there is an opportunity to purchase entry programmes at the reduced price of £4 online or from Harpenden Town Council on Leyton Street and WHSmith in Harpenden High Street.

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