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In 1960, Capital District Scottish Games held under sunny skies

In 1960, Capital District Scottish Games held under sunny skies

Welcome, highlanders! That was the sentiment on Saturday, Sept. 3, 1960, as pipers, drummers, dancer
In 1960, Capital District Scottish Games held under sunny skies
Teenagers from Yonkers' Sacred Heart High School Pipe Band show off their style at the 1960 Capital District Scottish Games in Altamont. From left are drum major Joseph Pereira, Thursa Thorbatuk, Carolyn Minor and drum sergeant Edward Parker.
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Welcome, highlanders!

That was the sentiment on Saturday, Sept. 3, 1960, as pipers, drummers, dancers and marchers assembled for the annual Capital District Scottish Games at the Altamont Fairgrounds.

“It was a bonnie day, and the tang of the skirling highland pipes induced a satisfied feeling for most of the large and enthusiastic audience that gathered for the colorful event,” wrote reporter Arlene Jackson of the Schenectady Gazette. “For the people who came to look and listen it was a perfect day with plenty of sunshine overhead and some of the best pipe bands in the land vying for a Games victory.”

The Worcester Kiltie Band of Worcester, Mass. was the big winner, taking first place in both the open and American contests.

Canadian outfits had won past open competitions. In 1960, the great white north was represented by the Caber Feidh Band of Toronto and the Canadian Rockcliff Royal Canadian Air Force Pipe Band, among others.

Sam Cassells, chief of sponsoring Clan MacRae, was one of the busiest guys on the grass. He directed competing bands to their spots all afternoon.

The 2014 edition of the Capital District Scottish Games will take place Saturday and Sunday at the Altamont Fairgrounds. Further information is available at www.scotgames.com.

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