Jessica scoops the double at Cowal Gathering

Jessica Baillie who was triumphant in the Scottish National and Scottish Championship at the recent Cowal Highland Gathering.

Jessica Baillie who was triumphant in the Scottish National and Scottish Championship at the recent Cowal Highland Gathering.

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A telented young dancer from Letham had danced her way into the history books, picking up two major awards at the Cowal Highland Gathering.

Jessica Baillie (11) maintained a four-year all-conquering run on the sport’s biggest stage.

The Dunoon event attracts some 600 Highland Dancers from every corner of the globe, each vying for glory in the Scottish and World championships over three days of energetic competition.

Once again this year, Jessica was triumphant in both the Scottish National competition for homegrown dancers and the following day’s Scottish Championship when the field opens up to international all-comers.

The latest repeat is the first time a dancer has scooped the Cowal double every year from age eight to 11 and Jessica’s success has thrilled her family and Forfar-based dance teacher Delma Wilson.

Jessica’s 2013 clean sweep of four gold medals in the Highland Fling, Sword Dance, Seann Triubhas and Highland Reel also won the Letham primary pupil the prestigious May Falconer Trophy as the top Scottish dancer in the Scottish Championship event.