Community spirit wins through at Glengarry
COMMUNITY spirit and determination meant Glengarry Highland Games enjoyed one of its most successful years yet, despite fears the event would not go ahead.
An emergency meeting to recruit new members onto the games committee had to be held earlier this year.
Games secretary Alison Donald, one of two original committee members, along with her husband Gregor, said finding new members is vital to keeping the games going.
‘We managed to get a few new people on board and we have our usual band of volunteers,’ she said.
Residents, visitors and passers-by joined in last Saturday (July 1) to make the games a resounding success.
Games president Eric MacKenzie said: ‘ We have a full range of races and tradi- tional Highland Games, Kintail birds of prey display and a pet show. We are very pleased with the turnout, because the games are weather dependent. If we can get the Highland dancers outside, it always draws in a lot of passing trade. We always have an international crowd.
‘A historian who was at the games said he believes Glengarry was the first Highland Games in 1815. We are checking it out to see if we can claim it.
‘We had record numbers of entries in the hill race, thanks to a stag party who came and took part. Twenty one people raced.’
Eric added the committee is ‘hanging on in’.
‘People always rally round on the day, but we always need more people. We would not like to follow the sad fate of the Lochaber games.’
Highland dancing trophy winners take a bow at the games.
F27 glengarry games 05 JP Children take part in a race at Glengarry Games.
Harry Hancock achieved a new personal best at the games.
Michael MacDiarmaid takes part in the heavy competition.
Kiera Whittingham, 10, left, and friend Cara Strath, also 10, win the three-legged race.
Little ladies compete in the sack race.
Josh White, five, wins a race.
Kintail birds of prey were a favourite at the Glengarry Games.