Bearsden and Milngavie Highland Games on Saturday at West of Scotland rugby ground, Milngavie.

THIS year’s Bearsden and Milngavie Highland Games promises to be bigger and better than ever with loads of great attractions to pull the crowds in on Saturday.

The annual event held at the West of Scotland rugby ground in Milngavie is now in its 39th year.

Rugby legend Gavin Hastings OBE is this year’s chieftain and he follows in the footsteps of some other big names over the years, including Michell McManus and Red Rum.

Taggarts Motor Group is the new sponsor of the Games and will be displaying their vehicles on site, as well as organising a Land Rover pulling competition.

Hastings’ wife Diane is battling Parkinson’s disease and, as a thank you to him for agreeing to be chieftain, games organisers have agreed to make a donation to the charity of his choosing. In addition to this there will be a raffle on the day with fantastic prizes, the proceeds of which will also go to Hastings’ charity.

There will be the usual Highland Games competitions including the ever popular haggis hurling and caber tossing, plus a pipe band contest, a dog show, fairground rides, female and male wrestling, freestyle football displays, highland dancing, a sword dance, the culmination of the 10k road race, live music, stunt cyclists and loads of stalls.

Games organiser Alan Oliver said: “We are very excited about this year’s event which will be even bigger, brighter, and better than ever and we are confident that everyone who comes along will enjoy a fun-tastic family day out.”

The opening ceremony is at 1pm, tickets cost £6 for an adult, £3 for a child, £15 for a family (two adults and two children) and £7.50 for a parent and child. The gates open at 10pm and the closing ceremony is at 5pm.