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'We gave it our best shot but called it wrong' say Gathering organisers
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.
A NEW row over the centrepiece event of Scotland's Year of Homecoming is threatening Edinburgh city council's coalition.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
FOLLOWING the success of The Gathering in Edinburgh at the weekend, another event is being planned for rural communities.
THE Scottish Government is to hold talks with organisers of the Gathering about future events to attract diaspora Scots home, it has been confirmed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"I FEEL like I've wandered into Brigadoon," says Gillian Kyle, 31, from Glasgow. She has a point.
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.
SCOTTISH clan chiefs too shy or unwilling to serve as head of their extended families have faced a call to arms to show "leadership".