Received from David Porteous of the Royal Caledonian Society of SA today:
Greetings to each of you and your bands.
Thank you so very much to each of you. Please also pass on my personal most sincere thanks to all the members of your respective bands for their sterling efforts at the Tartan Day March. Clearly, the crowd loves to hear the massed bands and the counter-marching at the end was a wonderful climax.
We seem to have a problem each year with the paucity of Highland Dancers due to a clash on the last Saturday in June with their annual Highland Dancing Competition held on the same date. Accordingly, I propose to hold the Tartan Day March in future on the first Saturday in July rather than on the Saturday nearest 1 July as in the past, so please mark this in your Band activity diaries. In other words in 2009 the Tartan Day March will be held on Saturday 4 July.
Following the success of the counter-marching this year, I would like to try a wee bit of formation marching. I will put this to our Band Management Committee to see what we can come up with.
Once again very many thanks to one and all.