Worldwide audience for Highland Games

Mingavie and Bearsden Highland Games'Haggis Hurling'Photo by Emma Mitchell'8/6/13
Mingavie and Bearsden Highland Games'Haggis Hurling'Photo by Emma Mitchell'8/6/13

Bearsden and Milngavie Highland Games will reach a worldwide audience this year when it’s shown on an international television channel.

The event is stepping up a gear this year with the world haggis hurling championship appearing on Discovery Channel Canada’s flagship show, Daily Planet, which is watched by millions of people around the world.

The Games are being held on Saturday, June 13, at West of Scotland’s Burnbrae ground.

All profits raised will go to local Parkinson’s Disease charity Funding Neuro which was set up by Bearsden man Bryn Williams.

Organiser Alan Oliver said: “Hopefully Milngavie won’t just be known throughout the world as the start of the West Highland Way, we will also be known as the official home of the world haggis hurling championships.

“Chieftain Chris Chittell from Emmerdale will throw the first haggis to open the championship - exciting times. We have just launched our new website, Facebook and Twitter feeds, so we encourage everyone to go online and like or follow us. It’s the best way to get all the information as it happens.”

Entries are still being invited for ‘It’s a Knockout’, highland dancing, heavy events and wrestling, and you can enter the Jellympic Games including jelly and spoon racing, jelly wellies and jelly wars on the day for some messy fun.

The tug of war has two massive team captains this year, Pipey the Highland Games Mascot and their sponsor National Tyres Mascot. There will also be funfair rides for all ages, bouncy castles, go karts, laser tag, refreshments and stalls. Go to www.bearsdenmilngaviehighlandgames.com, Facebook @Bearsden & Milngavie Highland Games and Twitter @WorldHaggisChamp for more information.