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Old 07-21-2013, 01:36 AM   #1
Alasdair MacDonald
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Default Glasgow Competition from 1968

Just though I'd share this old competition programme from 1968 with you.
It was organized by my uncle who felt that professional pipers in competition were seriously undervalued. The prize money was big at the time when the average weekly pay was just 25, hence the nickname "The Big Competition"
It certainly drew all the best names of the day to Govan!
Anyone out there remember going?

It's currently on my Facebook page here:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...5080087&type=1

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Old 07-21-2013, 02:48 AM   #2
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Fantastic Alasdair! What were the results?
Was it an 'invitational' event do you know? Great to see all these names from the past, especially my old ceol beag mentor J B Robertson. Given the date, he and Roddy MacDonald must have been coaxed out of retirement to enter this event. And all three MacFadyen brothers competing against each other - I remember Iain & Duncan going head to head in things like the Senior at Oban and the Bratach in London, but John had retired as a competitor before I started attending the major events.
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Old 07-21-2013, 04:34 AM   #3
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The prize money was big at the time when the average weekly pay was just 25, hence the nickname "The Big Competition"
Wow, you're not kidding. Based on American inflation rates, a prize of 50GBP ($75) for the piobaireachd in 1968, would be 330GBP ($500) today.
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Old 07-21-2013, 05:38 AM   #4
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I don't know the results Roddy and will depend on the more knowledgeable out there to fill the gaps. I think it was invitational as there are no real 100/1 outsiders having a go!

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Wow, you're not kidding. Based on American inflation rates, a prize of 50GBP ($75) for the piobaireachd in 1968, would be 330GBP ($500) today.
A more relevant metric would be wage inflation over the same period, which is generally a few points higher. Without data to hand, I'd guess the relevant figure would be more like 1500.
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Old 07-22-2013, 04:55 AM   #6
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A definate bit of piping history there for sure. Just a look at the names on the lists is awe inspiring.
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With 20 entrants for each of the three competition categories, and no tuning lights in those days, I'll bet the entire affair didn't wrap up until midnight or the wee hours of the next morning!

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Wow! Some names there, huh? Fascinating piece of history.

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