Bearsden and Milngavie Highland Games organisers are
delighted that the event will reach a worldwide audience for the first time this year.
The games, which are being held this Saturday (June 13) at West of Scotland’s Burnbrae ground, are 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.
STV are also expected to be filming at the games.
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 after this year’s event 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.
“We couldn’t have done it without help from our main sponsor this year, National Tyres and Autocare. Their incredible generosity means that everyone will get in for free this year.”
There will be a wobbly, wonky and spectacular inflatable assault course for round one of ‘It’s a Knockout’ from 11am to 1pm. From 1.30pm to 4pm ‘It’s a Knockout’ is open for a ‘come and try’ session.
The highland dancing competition is from 11am to 5pm. ‘Water wars’ in which players launch balloons filled with jelly at each other from within opposing battle stations using catapults is from 11am to 5pm.
A 10k road race sets off at 11.30am and the opening ceremony is at 1pm.
The heavy events and wrestling run from 1pm to 4.30pm and arm wrestling is from 2.30pm to 4.30pm, with dog training from 1pm to 4pm and the Jellympic Games including jelly and spoon racing and jelly wellies from 1.30pm to 3.30pm.
Milngavie Pipe Band will be performing at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm.
The junior tug of war is from 1.30pm to 2.15pm, and the senior tug of war from 2.45pm to 3.30pm.
Junior haggis hurling is from 2pm to 3pm, with the senior section from 3pm to 4pm. The World Haggis Hurling Championship is at 4pm and Chieftain Chris Chittell, Emmerdale’s Eric Pollard, will throw the first haggis.
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 loads of funfair rides for all ages, bouncy castles, go karts, laser tag, refreshments and stalls.
For more information go to www.bearsdenmilngaviehighlandgames.com, Facebook @Bearsden & Milngavie Highland Games and Twitter @WorldHaggisChamp