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Small firms gather to make plea for £100,000 payout

A DOZEN small businesses still owed money following the troubled Gathering event have joined forces to threaten legal action against the council.

City leaders 'didn't approve' Gathering rescue statement

The storm over The Gathering has taken another twist after deputy council leader Steve Cardownie told MSPs he had not approved a press release announcing that the city would take over the troubled event, despite being quoted in it.

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'We gave it our best shot but called it wrong' say Gathering organisers

'We gave it our best shot but called it wrong' say Gathering organisers

Firms threaten Edinburgh Council with legal action over Gathering debts

CREDITORS of last summer's Clan Gathering in Edinburgh are planning a legal battle to recover hundreds of thousands of pounds owed to small businesses which helped the flagship event become a political success.

City coalition under threat in Gathering rescue row

A NEW row over the centrepiece event of Scotland's Year of Homecoming is threatening Edinburgh city council's coalition.

Tourism bosses could face police inquiry over deleted e-mails

THE former PR manager for VisitScotland's Year of Homecoming has filed a complaint with police alleging his former employers destroyed files and failed to produce key documents under court order.

St Andrew's Day events offer an explosive ending to Homecoming

IT WAS a day that saw the most significant festivities yet in honour of Scotland's patron saint come to an end – and a swansong for the biggest-ever celebration of the nation's culture and heritage.

Lord demands far more cash for Gathering despite losses

THE aristocratic organiser of The Gathering has called for more taxpayers' money to be ploughed into the controversial event, even though it made a loss of £600,000 under his stewardship.

Poor ticket sales force Final Fling of Homecoming to downsize

A SERIES of rock concerts organised as the grand finale of the Scottish Government's Year of Homecoming is to be scaled down, due to a lack of interest.

Homecoming failed to pay for city venues

ORGANISERS of the Homecoming's clan gathering in the city are understood to have failed to pay £73,000 for the use of Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Park.

Gathering, the sequel, and this time it's rural

FOLLOWING the success of The Gathering in Edinburgh at the weekend, another event is being planned for rural communities.

Ministers hold talks over fresh Gathering

THE Scottish Government is to hold talks with organisers of the Gathering about future events to attract diaspora Scots home, it has been confirmed.

The Gathering is hailed big success after 50,000 flock to Holyrood Park

ORGANISERS today hailed the weekend's huge clan gathering a success, after almost 50,000 people flocked to Holyrood Park from all corners of the world.

Homecoming review: Aisling's Children, Edinburgh Castle

FOLLOWING yesterday's festivities, a crowd of 8,500 had tickets for an epic tale, written by Raymond Ross and directed by Mark Murphy, and an allegorical history of the clans, giving a vision of Scotland seen through the eyes of Aisling MacLean and six subsequent generations of her family.

History in the remaking as clansmen and women converge on castle

EDINBURGH'S Old Town was last night gearing up for a unique parade in which more than 6,000 clansmen and women from all over the world were due to go up the Royal Mile from Holyrood Palace to the Castle esplanade.

Echoes of Scott, 1822 spin doctor supreme

THE Gathering coincides with the celebrations for the 250th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns but it is another Scottish author – Sir Walter Scott – who is its presiding spirit. The whole idea of a celebration of Scottishness, with pageants, tartans and processions of clans, comes from Scott's stage-managing of the visit of George IV in 1822. The "King's Jaunt", as it was called, is at the root of the Gathering's own family tree.

Clan gathering draws 30,000

THEY came in their tens of thousands, from the old world and the new, a tide of tartan marching down the Royal Mile to Edinburgh's Holyrood Park.

Gathering place for more than tartan and Tunnock's teacakes

"I FEEL like I've wandered into Brigadoon," says Gillian Kyle, 31, from Glasgow. She has a point.

Homecoming: Flinging in the rain, but riled by the rubbish

THE Scottish Parliament opened its doors yesterday to the greatest gathering of clan chiefs in Scotland since Culloden – and did not even ask them to check in their dirks at the door.

Doing nothing is not an option, clan chief tells shy colleagues

SCOTTISH clan chiefs too shy or unwilling to serve as head of their extended families have faced a call to arms to show "leadership".

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