Let the games begin

Milngavie and Bearsden Highland Games' in 2013 - tossing the caber.

Milngavie and Bearsden Highland Games' in 2013 - tossing the caber.

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The organisers of the popular Bearsden and Milngavie Highland Games are delighted to announce that the event is back on again this year.

They were very disappointed when they had to cancel it last year due to construction work on the new Waitrose store.

The games had been held at West of Scotland’s Burnbrae ground for more than 40 years, and every summer they give money to charity.

They will be held on Saturday, June 13, this year and all profits raised will go to local charity Funding Neuro, which was set up by Bearsden man Bryn Williams.

He also created the Wobbly Williams website for people, who like himself, have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease.

Chris Chittell, who plays the well-known character Eric Pollard in Emmerdale, is the Chieftain this year - and he has generously agreed to do it for free.

There will be all the traditional Highland Games, Scottish dancing, ‘It’s a Knockout’, pipe bands, food and drink, and fairground rides. There will also be exhibitors, trade stalls and displays.

In addition, they hope to have a Scottish Farmers Market, and a live music festival throughout the day.

Entry is free to the public this year.

One of the organisers, Alan Oliver, said: “We’re thrilled to be holding this important community event again this year.

“It is one of East Dunbartonshire’s biggest single day events and we expect it to be even bigger and better this year.

“We couldn’t have done it without help from our main sponsor this year, National Tyres and Autocare.

“Their incredible generosity has enabled us to make it free for everyone.”

The Games are being held at the grounds of West of Scotland FC in Milngavie.