He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother...

The Oban Times - - News -

Ath­letes who took part in heavy events at this year’s Morvern High­land Games, at Knock Park, Locha­line, united for a team pho­to­graph. At the games last Satur­day, Craig Ni­chol­son, of Oban – mid­dle – won throw­ing the ham­mer, putting the shot, and the David MacBrayne Cen­te­nary Cup, open heavy­weight, jointly with Scott Clark, sec­ond right. Scott, from Ar­ran, also se­cured first place in toss­ing the caber and weight over the bar.

THE an­nual Morvern High­land Games bat­tled tor­ren­tial rain and gale-force winds at the week­end but noth­ing could faze Locha­line’s com­mu­nity spirit and the day was a re­sound­ing suc­cess, writes El­lie Forbes.

The games took place on Satur­day (July 16) at Knock Park in Locha­line, wel­com­ing vis­i­tors from far and wide.

Peter Law­son, from North­ern Ire­land, was chief­tain of the games.

Open­ing the games, he said: ‘This is my first year as chief­tain al­though I have been at­tend­ing the games for more than 12 years.

‘My fam­ily has a farm in Ire­land and one at Loch Teacuis, and we travel by boat be­tween the two all sum­mer.’

The day started with chil­dren’s sports, and all the young­sters en­joyed the clas­sic wheel­bar­row race, the high jump and the long jump.

Putting the shot, throw­ing the ham­mer and toss­ing the caber, were just a few of the heavy­weight events that took place in the af­ter­noon.

Lots of Lochaber lo­cals got in­volved on the day, with many hav­ing stalls sell­ing food or pro­vid­ing en­ter­tain­ment for those who at­tended.

Su­nart, Ard­na­mur­chan, Moidart and Morvern Bee­keep­ers As­so­ci­a­tion’s ( SAMMBA) manned a stall, where sec­re­tary Kate Atch­ley and new mem­ber An­ne­mie Shanks had a dis­play of bees for ev­ery­one to check out, and a se­lec­tion of jams for sale.

Scot­tish Sea Farms was on hand too, serv­ing up wraps made with lo­cal salmon caught fresh the day be­fore.

Or­gan­iser and vicechair­woman of the games com­mit­tee Janette Mowat said: ‘I came to the games as a child and I have been vice chair­woman for three years now. This is a com­mu­nity-run event close to our hearts and we have com­peti­tors come for all over to take part.’

The games com­mit­tee con­sists of five other mem­bers: Kenny McLaugh­lin, who is the chair­man; his wife Kathryn, who is the trea­surer; Linda Martin, sec­re­tary; and Gemma Ryan and Sea­mus Wil­son, who are com­mit­tee mem­bers.

Ms Mowat con­tin­ued: ‘The day was a great suc­cess. De­spite the weather, ev­ery­one seemed to have a fan­tas­tic time.

‘It was great to have In­spired Fal­conry with us, where ev­ery­one got the op­por­tu­nity to learn about and pet a barn owl and an ea­gle owl.

‘We also had Mul­li­gans Ices from Fort Wil­liam with us on the day which was a real treat, and thanks to Jonny Chain­saw for at­tend­ing the games again with his fan­tas­tic chain­saw carv­ing dis­play.

‘I would fi­nally like to thank all of the lo­cals who helped on the runup to the day and each and every per­son and stall-holder who wrapped up and braved the weather to sup­port us.’

High­land com­peti­tors, from Locha­line, Ar­ran, Iona, Glas­gow, who com­peted in the games’ heavy­weight events through­out the day.

High­land com­peti­tors throw­ing the ham­mer.

Chief­tain of the games, Peter Law­son with piper Gra­ham Buchanan and new games com­mit­tee chair­man Kenny McLaugh­lin.

Morvern com­mu­nity devel­op­ment of­fi­cer, Lilia Do­brokhodova, and hus­band Ivan Wool­ley at their stall where they were serv­ing up curry and lo­cal pro­duce from the Locha­line al­lot­ment gar­den.

Su­nart, Ard­na­mur­chan, Moidart and Morvern Bee­keep­ers As­so­ci­a­tion’s (SAMMBA), where sec­re­tary Kate Atch­ley and new mem­ber An­ne­mie Shanks sold jam and had a dis­play of bees which all the chil­dren en­joyed look­ing at.

Com­peti­tors in the heavy­weight event, putting the shot.

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