Com­mu­nity spirit wins through at Glen­garry

The Oban Times - - News -

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.’

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High­land danc­ing tro­phy win­ners take a bow at the games.

F27 glen­garry games 05 JP Chil­dren take part in a race at Glen­garry Games.

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Harry Han­cock achieved a new per­sonal best at the games.

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Michael MacDiar­maid takes part in the heavy com­pe­ti­tion.

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Kiera Whit­ting­ham, 10, left, and friend Cara Strath, also 10, win the three-legged race.

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Lit­tle ladies com­pete in the sack race.

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Josh White, five, wins a race.

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Kin­tail birds of prey were a favourite at the Glen­garry Games.

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