Highland Games are back!

Milngavie Highland Games 2011' The Scotland Biking Heaven show off their skills to the public.'11th June 2011'Pic: Roberto Cavieres
Milngavie Highland Games 2011' The Scotland Biking Heaven show off their skills to the public.'11th June 2011'Pic: Roberto Cavieres

Tthe popular Bearsden and Milngavie Highland Games will take place on Saturday, June 13, at the West of Scotland FC.

The Chieftain this year is Emmerdale’s Eric Pollard – actor Chris Chittell.

There are also lots of new events to give this otherwise traditional day a modern twist including the ‘Jellympic Games’ which are open to children across East Dunbartonshire.

Highlights of the day include a jelly and spoon race, world jelly hurling championships and a 50m dash in Wellington boots filled with jelly – loads of gooey fun!

And for the first time ever in Scotland, maybe even the world, there will be ‘Jelly Wars’, an interactive family orientated event like Water Wars in which players launch balloons filled with jelly at each other from within opposing battle stations using the ‘Water Wars’ catapults.

There will also be on a wobbly, wonky and spectacular inflatable assault course for ‘It’s a Knockout’ to raise funds for local charity Funding Neuro which aims to pay for research to cure neurological disorders.

A tug of war will be open to teams of six in the following categories - under 10’s, aged 10 – 15 , adult male/female and adult mixed.

The ancient art of haggis hurling will take place throughout the day, sponsored by Grant’s haggis, with opportunities for all to take part.

The aim is simple – to stand atop an aged whisky barrel top, and hurl the Chieftain O’ the Puddin’ Race as far as possible. Participants can adopt whatever technique they like, as long as they remain on the barrel until the haggis lands, and it lands within the designated hurling area.

The event will culminate in the haggis hurling world championships, where elite athletes identified during the day’s competition are invited to take part in the quest to become World Champion.

Highland dancers from around the world and Scotland will get the chance to compete in competitions that carry a high status in the sport.

Pipe bands will also perform and there will be funfair rides as well as trade stands, food stalls, live music in the music festival tent, wrestling, inflatable football and children’s activities.

The Games are from 10am to 5pm. West of Scotland FC is on Glasgow Road, Milngavie.National Tyres and Autocare is proud sponsor of the event.