Captain Craig Mearns RN 

Welcome by the Chieftain 2018:
Captain Craig Mearns RN
Captain HMS Neptune and Captain of the HM Naval Base Faslane.

CHIEFTAIN
ROSNEATH PENINSULA HIGHLAND GATHERING 2018

Once again I am greatly honoured to be your Chieftain. This will be the third year in a row that I have been afforded the privilege. I am delighted to welcome visitors and competitors to the Rosneath Peninsula Highland Gathering, whether you are local or have travelled from the other side of the world to be here. I hope you enjoy your day taking in the sights and sounds of the highland games, the Solo Piping competitions and the highland dancing. I also hope you will enjoy the warmth of the welcome you will receive from the communities here on the beautiful Rosneath Peninsula.

A Gathering is a traditional coming together of friends and neighbours and as Captain of the Naval Base at Faslane I am aware that we as neighbours have a much larger responsibility than most to our friends in the local and wider communities around us. The Naval Base is the second largest single site employer in Scotland, and the Royal Navy, along with our Industrial Partners, work hard to ensure the Base makes a positive economic, social and cultural contribution to both the local community and wider region.

Today you will be part of the Rosneath Peninsula community sharing in the fun and excitement of this traditional event. The Gathering is run by volunteers, funded by local businesses and organisations, for the benefit of all in the local community and visitors alike, who all want to share in and enjoy a memorable experience. It is a particular privilege for me to be here once again in the capacity of Chieftain today as I lived on the peninsula for a few years as a young boy and attended Rosneath Primary School from 1975-1977. It’s great to come back and if you see me walking the field please come and say hello – I would love to meet you and have a chat. After all, that is what a gathering is all about!

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