Small Isles win weather bat­tle

The Oban Times - - News -

GALE­FORCE winds and stranded guests failed to spoil the fam­ily fun at the Small Isles Games.

Around 60 peo­ple at­tended the 2016 games on Eigg last Satur­day when is­land rev­ellers, along with visi­tors from Rum, Muck and be­yond bat­tled it out for the in­ter-is­land games tro­phy.

While other events fell vic­tim to se­vere weather warn­ings over the week­end, Mag­gie Fyffe from the Eigg Her­itage Trust said she and her fel­low at­ten­dees re­fused to let the rain ruin the fun, adding: ‘It was a great day and night – and next day, re­ally, as peo­ple couldn’t leave be­cause there were no boats on the Sun­day. We kind of knew that would be the case be­cause of the weather, so well done to the folk from Muck and Rum for still mak­ing the ef­fort.’

Each year the event is or­gan­ised by the com­mu­nity of the host is­land who Mag­gie ex­plained put on a spread for the guests, who are in re­turn en­cour­aged to com­pete in high jump, long jump, races, toss­ing the caber and other ac­tiv­i­ties.

She said: ‘Well, when you’ve got food and ev­ery­thing al­ready in place you just need to get on with it don’t you and think, ‘what’s a bit of rain go­ing to do to you?’ All the visi­tors got in­volved in the dif­fer­ent events, es­pe­cially the ones with kids. It’s just good fun. It’s not like High­land Games ma­te­rial re­ally, it’s good proper com­mu­nity fun and about get­ting all the is­lands to­gether. And Eigg won the shield so that was a plus.’

Af­ter the out­door fun, the event was rounded off with a ceilidh. Mag­gie said: ‘The ceilidh was lovely. It was a re­ally nice fam­ily ceilidh with lots of kids on the dance floor all night. We had lovely Gaelic singing by Ann Martin from Skye and we would have been two mu­si­cians short be­cause some peo­ple couldn’t make it but lo­cals stepped in and we were able to dance the night away.

‘I’m a wee bit tired af­ter all the fun but I guess that’s a sign of a good night.’

Every­one agreed ‘sport out­shone the weather’ at the games.

There was fun for chil­dren of all ages.

Every­one was in high spir­its at the Small Isles Games.

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