MORAR HIGHLAND GAMES
T HOUSANDS turned out for the Mallaig and Morar Highland Games on Sunday. Th is year’s chieftain, well-known theatrical producer, Sir Cameron Mackintosh, opened the event at Lovat memorial field by leading the Lochaber high school pipe band.
Sir Cameron said: ‘ I am really pleased to be here to open the games. The weather seems to be holding out for us which is good. The band have played well, so here’s to a good day.’
The games commentator made a special mention about Charles Kennedy, the former MP for Ross, Skye and Lochaber. He spoke about how Mr Kennedy, who sadly passed away recently, was a well-known and respected member of the community who always supported these local events. He said he would be sadly missed.
The heavy events started around 1pm in the afternoon and it was not long before visitors to the area took to the field to have a go.
Heavyweights, Ben Grunt and Andrew Johnston, were on hand to give the newcomers tips, but after a few tries most retreated back to the sidelines to spectate comfortably. The games were a great success with all the regular heavy events and races as tourists and locals cheered on their favourite competitors.
Keen runners power on in the adult ‘s section. David Hart throws the 56lb weight
Lochaber high school pipe band was led by chieftain of the games,
Sir Cameron Mackintosh.
Anna Mackellaig, of Stenhousemuir, Aimee Sneddon, of Mallaig,
and Megan O’Donnell, of Inverness.
Roni Slater, from Glasgow won the girls 7 and under race.
Brad North, from Nottingham was keen to try his hand at throwing the weight. He was taken under the wing of competitor, Ben Grunt.