Jim’s Games Day de­light

Man on the mic Jim has ‘a won­der­ful day’

Strathearn Herald - - FRONT PAGE - Lynn Duke

Well-known lo­cal man Jim McGre­gor has told of his pride at per­form­ing the role of Chieftain at Sun­day’s hugely-suc­cess­ful Cri­eff High­land Gath­er­ing.

Thou­sands of cap­ti­vated spec­ta­tors de­scended on Mar­ket Park at the week­end and en­joyed a whole host of ac­tiv­i­ties, per­for­mances and artis­tic events dur­ing what is one of the busiest days in the Strath cap­i­tal cal­en­dar.

Re­flect­ing on the jam-packed day, Jim said:“I felt hon­oured and priv­i­leged to have been in­vited to be Chieftain, an hon­our that I never imag­ined would be be­stowed on me. It is a day that I will cher­ish for­ever.”

• See in­side to­day’s Her­ald for five pages of cov­er­age from Games Day.

The choice of lo­cal man Jim McGre­gor as Chieftain of the 2017 Cri­eff High­land Gath­er­ing proved a pop­u­lar one with Strath folk.

Well known as the man on the mic on Games Day, the Mor­riso­nian has a long-stand­ing con­nec­tion with the Mar­ket Park show­piece.

He be­gan com­men­tat­ing in 1976 and was in­vited to join the board of di­rec­tors in 1978, serv­ing for 30 years – two as chair­man, be­fore re­tir­ing in 2008, al­though he still helps set up the park.

He told the Her­ald: “We had a won­der­ful day, blessed with lovely weather for the whole of the Games and sur­rounded by all my fam­ily and close friends.

“I felt hon­oured and priv­i­leged to have been in­vited to be Chieftain, an hon­our that I never imag­ined would be be­stowed on me. It is a day that I will cher­ish for­ever.

“I felt great pride walk­ing down through the town be­hind my old school pipe band. All of the pupils gave up the last day of their hol­i­day to play in my hon­our. My thanks also to the mem­bers of Cri­eff High School Pipe Band who joined the Massed Bands at the end and played the salute to the Chieftain.”

And Jim praised the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

He added: “The peo­ple of Cri­eff have also been bril­liant with their sup­port and en­cour­age­ment. We are very lucky to live in a won­der­ful town with won­der­ful peo­ple.

“Cri­eff Games will never seem the same again, but it’ll be back to the com­men­tat­ing next year which I very much en­joy.”

Sum­ming up a very suc­cess­ful event, Ian Stew­art, chair­man of Cri­eff High­land Gath­er­ing, de­scribed this year’s Gath­er­ing as a “spe­cial, spe­cial day”.

He said: “I think it was an ex­tremely suc­cess­ful day.

“Ini­tial fears re­gards the weather fore­cast eased as the week went on and we were blessed with ideal con­di­tions on the day.

“Ath­lete num­bers were up on last year es­pe­cially with the youths, which was par­tic­u­larly pleas­ing as they are the fu­ture of the Games.

“We also had a huge num­ber of High­land dancers this year with the last count around 150.

“We had a fan­tas­tic Scot­tish Heavy­weight Cham­pi­onship which was won again by Scott Rider who, be­sides win­ning the cham­pi­onship, went on to win the largest caber prize in the world for a per­fect throw of the Cri­eff Chal­lenge Caber.

“The Glen­tur­ret Mu­sic Tent con­tin­ues to go from strength to strength and again was thor­oughly en­joyed by ev­ery­one who at­tended. We now have many peo­ple trav­el­ling the length and breadth of the coun­try to at­tend CHG. I’ve heard there weren’t any avail­able rooms in Cri­eff at any of the guest houses, ho­tels etc, which can only be a good thing for the town.

“We also man­aged to once again bring an act from the Royal Ed­in­burgh Mil­i­tary Tat­too and we would like to thank Bri­gadier Melville Jame­son CBE for all his as­sis­tance in mak­ing this hap­pen.

He added: “Feed­back from those who at­tended has been great. I think most peo­ple can see the changes we are mak­ing are for the bet­ter and, al­though we will al­ways be a tra­di­tional High­land Games, we al­ways want to have some­thing for ev­ery­one.

“We do pro­mote CHG as Scot­land’s pre­mier High­land Games. I think I can safely say we’ll hold on to that ti­tle for a few more years yet.”

• See pages six, seven and the sports sec­tion for more cov­er­age from Games Day.

Proud 2017 Chieftain Jim McGre­gor

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