Let the games be­gin

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The PRINCE of WALES, or the Duke of Rothe­say as he is known north of the border, has be­come the first ever royal pa­tron of the Scot­tish high­land Games As­so­ci­a­tion (SHGA) in this, its 70th year.

Sup­pos­edly in­vented in the 11th cen­tury by King Mal­colm III as a way to source the fittest fight­ing men, the games in­clude danc­ing, cycling, tug o’ war, ham­mer-throw­ing and toss­ing in­or­di­nately large logs (or cabers), all to the tune of an en­thu­si­as­tic piper.

It all kicks off in mid May and con­tin­ues un­til mid Septem­ber and the SHGA over­sees 61 of the 80 events across Scot­land. Prince charles is chief­tain of the Mey high­land Games in caith­ness, where he um­pired a tug o’ war last year, and is also of­ten to be seen at the Brae­mar gath­er­ing. Visit www.shga.co.uk for the full list of events.

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