Colin Craig Claidhmor

& Celtic Inn Targe

Manawatu Scottish Society

Colin Craig Claymore and Celtic Inn Targe Competitions

Square Day and Claymore Trust:

The Square Day and Claymore Trust was established by Neil Doherty to assist in the organising and funding of the Square Day and Colin Craig Claymore Competition Events.

History of the Claymore and Targe Competition:

This event was first established in 1984 and was originally developed by Dennis Pierce and Briar Hamilton before being taken on by the Manawatu Scottish Society. Jenny Mair has run the day for many years now. The Claymore sword was designed and forged as the prize for the event which only included light music in its earlier days. The venue was initially at the Abbey Theatre in Church Street, Palmerston North.  For a short period it was held at the Palmerston North Council Chambers and finally moved to the Celtic Inn which has kindly hosted the event for a long period. The event was named in recognition of Colin Craig who was a well known piper, tutor and composer that resided in Palmerston North for many years.  The Piobaireachd event was added later in 1993 after moving to the Celtic Inn and Neil McIntosh and Jock McKenzie provided the Targe trophy.

The original aim of the competition was to develop an invitational competition that brought together solo pipers who performed at a high level of musical ability.  The event has now moved to a point where the pipers that are invited are winning or highly placed in “A” grade solo competition regularly over the previous year leading up to the Claymore competition.  Competitors are expected to perform in both the Claymore and Targe events on the day.  In recent years there has been the inclusion of a tune composed by a New Zealander to be included in the mix of light music for the Claymore event.  The winners of the Claymore and Targe are asked to return the following year to judge these events.

Invited competitors to the Claymore and Targe competition will have successfully competed in “A” grade over the previous year either in New Zealand or at significant events overseas.  It is hoped to invite nine competitors each year.  Those winning or with highest points at national piping events will be given priority to be invited.

Kevin Sinclair