The Scottish Six Days Trial gets underway in a weeks time, Monday 6th May, 2019.
First man away will be veteran SSDT competitor, Carlos Casas from Olot in Catalunya on his Vertigo, celebrating 30 rides in the annual event, flagged away by the 1969 Scottish winner, Bill Wilkinson who is guest of honour this year.
The man piping Carlos down off the start ramp at precisely 07:30 will be local lad, 15 year old Ronnie McIntosh from Fort William, a pupil at Lochaber High School.
Unfortunately the official programme was printed before Ronnie agreed to do the task, of which he is incredibly proud, it was performed ably last year by another local lad, Andrew Orr.
Local trials enthusiast and Chairman of the Lochaber Piping Society, Mr Ken Cameron from Fersit who arranges the piper for the SSDT start said: “I picked up a copy of the official programme this morning and to my horror I discovered that we hadn’t told the programme editor about Ronnie being the official piper this year. I immediately contacted John Moffat about the oversight. We are all very sorry that Ronnie’s name has been missed out”.
Ronnie McIntosh is trained by the respected and renowned tutor Iain MacFadyen of Kyle of Lochalsh. As well as being a solo piper, Ronnie plays in the Lochaber Pipe Band.
It is hoped that John Moffat will be able to interview young Ronnie on Nevis Radio immediately following his performance of the piping duties early on Monday morning before he heads off back home for his breakfast.