Highland games’ future in doubt

THIS year’s Bearsden and Milngavie Highland Games could be the last unless people turn out to support the event.

Now in their 40th year, the games take place this Saturday (June 9) at the West of Scotland rugby ground, in Milngavie.

Organisers have made entry to this year’s event free, in a bid to encourage people along.

But they have admitted that unless people attend, the games may have to be cancelled next year.

Games organiser Alan Oliver said: “Last year’s games were a washout, because of the rain. We want to see if there is an appetite for a Highland games, so it depends on whether people come or not.

“If people come along we then have a model to push forward as a free event and bring in more and better attractions.

“This could be our last ever Highland games, or a springboard to something new.”

Alan added: “This year’s event should be even better as it ties in with the Olympic Torch passing through Bearsden.

“The really special part of the day is the closing ceremony.”

To celebrate the Olympic Torch coming to the area, a special ‘Jellympics’ has been organised at the games for children and will include a jelly and spoon race and jelly balloon hurling.

Former Miss Scotland, Jennifer Reoch, is the chieftain, and rugby legend Gavin Hastings OBE is also supporting the event.

The games kicks-off at 10am and run until 5pm.

There will be the usual competitions, including the ever popular world haggis hurling championships and caber tossing, plus a pipe band contest, fairground rides, inflatable footballing, highland dancing, 10k road race, live music, BMX stunt bikes and loads of stalls.

Money raised on the day will go to the Wobbly Williams charity for Parkinson’s Disease.