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Young­sters reached dizzy heights at the Glen­garry Games last week­end. Erin McLean and Lexi Cameron en­joyed the climb­ing wall and had their faces painted dur­ing the an­ual high­land games at In­ver­garry shinty field on Satur­day af­ter­noon. Vis­i­tors came from far and wide to at­tend the show, which went ahead al­most com­pletely as sched­uled de­spite some blus­tery show­ers.

A HIS­TOR­I­CAL high­land games was en­joyed by lo­cals and tourists thanks to some savvy or­gan­i­sa­tion and com­mit­ment.

Glen­garry High­land Games took place at In­ver­garry shinty field last Satur­day and de­spite hav­ing to con­tend with heavy down­pours, was still a re­sound­ing suc­cess.

Eric MacKen­zie, games an­nouncer, said: ‘It has been fan­tas­tic. When we were crown­ing the ‘games queen’ the clouds opened up and the sun shone, it was al­most bib­li­cal.

‘Ten out of ten to all the peo­ple who turned up – be­cause they re­ally stayed for all of the events – and 10 out of 10 for the or­gan­is­ers, be­cause thanks to their hard work we were able to con­tinue with a full pro­gramme of events in­spite of the rain. The only thing we had to forgo was the tug’o’war be­cause it would have been a bit dan­ger­ous, but other than that ev­ery­thing was grand.’

The games has his­tory go­ing back to the events held by the 15 Chief­tain of the Clan MacDon­nell in the late 18 and early 19 cen­tury and con­tin­ues to at­tract at­ten­tion from far and wide to this day.

Mr MacKen­zie said: ‘We are on the road to and from Skye, so this is an ideal place for passersby and we get a lot of in­ter­est from peo­ple aboard. They’ve got to see Scot­land in all its glory to­day, rain and shine, and it hasn’t stopped them sam­pling the ice- cream ei­ther.’

Alison Don­ald, who helped or­gan­ise the games, said: ‘The dancers had to go in­side which is a bit of a shame as they are a real fo­cal point, but all in all it has been a suc­cess. We are re­ally pleased that ev­ery­one has en­joyed them­selves and thank­ful of all the sup­port. It has been a real fam­ily day out.’

Rhona Cameron, who at­tended the games with her three young kids, said: ‘ We’ve had a lovely day. There have been gaps in the rain which has meant it’s been fine re­ally and ev­ery­one here has been in fine spir­its re­gard­less. There has been lots to do and the kids have re­ally en­joyed the climb­ing wall and face paint­ing.’

The weight over the bar con­test at Glen­garry Games. 21_ F28 Glen­garry Games5_ Heavy Shot Glen­garry Brave Erin McLean and Lexi Cameron reached for the stars as they took to the climb­ing wall at Glen­garry Games. 21_ F28 Glen­garry Games1_Girls

Glen­garry had a good num­ber of ath­letes com­pet­ing in the heavy events. 21_ F28 Glen­garry Games4_ HeavyThrow Glen­garry High­land

High­land Games Eilidh Cameron, aged 3, en­joy­ing the Glen­garry Games. 21_ F28 Glen­garry Games2_Girls Rock Climb­ing Glen­garry

The raf­fle was sup­ported by lo­cal busi­nesses and restau­rants.

At­ten­dees from far and wide en­joyed the Glen­garry Games.

Crowds watch­ing the In­ver­garry High­land Games.

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