CLAYMORE TROPHY HEADING FOR POLAND
CARVE CARR-BRIDGE CHAINSAW EVENT RESULTS
Polish chainsaw carver and only second time entrant, Wladek Ligocki has won this year's Carve Carr-Bridge with his carving titled 'Beggar', depicting a hunched old man.
Wladek made his debut at the annual Scottish Open Chainsaw Carving Championships just last year and today (Saturday 3rd September) snatched first place from Scot Pete Bowsher who has won Carve Carr-Bridge the last three years in a row.
As well as the coveted Claymore trophy, Wladek walks away with £500 prize money and a brand new Stihl MS181 chainsaw donated by event sponsors Stihl UK. When his name was announced, all a shocked Wladek could say was "superb, I can't believe it, every carving here is so great." Wladek also won the Carver's Choice title today.
Pete Bowsher from Moffat was still on the winner's podium however, winning the People's Choice, and taking second place overall. Third was Michael Tamoszus from Germany and the Best New Entrant this year was won by Jonathan Sherwood from Harrogate in Yorkshire.
More than 3,000 people turned out to cheer on the international line-up of carvers including local lady Alice Buttress, past winner Iain Chalmers from the Black Isle and new entrant for 2016 Sue O' Sullivan from the USA.
Event organiser Gavin Gerrard said: "Carve Carr-Bridge just keeps getting better and we couldn't do it without the support of all our sponsors including Stihl UK, Spey Valley Hire and many others. The volunteers who help set up, work here on the day and take everything down again, are invaluable. We welcome around 23 carvers every year and they all comment on what a great atmosphere the event has and what a brilliant community spirit there is here in Carr-Bridge. We'd like to congratulate Wladek on his win today, it was very well deserved, and we look forward to welcoming everyone back again next year."
A full list of competitors and more information can be found on the Carve Carr-Bridge website: www.carvecarrbridge.com