Morvern games and gala week cel­e­brates 30 years

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

Morvern games gala week will cel­e­brate its 30th an­niver­sary this year. The week starts on Satur­day July 15 with the Morvern Highland Games at Knock Park, Locha­line.

Hailed as one of the most scenic games in Scot­land, the lo­ca­tion at Knock Park over­look­ing the mouth of Loch Aline and the Sound of Mull is quite spec­tac­u­lar.

For­mer games and gala week chair­man (1987-93) Stu­art Jack­son ex­plains how the event was started.

‘There had been a games and chil­dren’s sports in years gone by, but both had been in abeyance for a num­ber of years un­til the Sport­ing Club of Locha­line in­sti­gated their re­vival.

‘Many of us had en­joyed the ben­e­fits of grow­ing up in the area and had taken part in the myr­iad com­mu­nity ac­tiv­i­ties that helped shape our for­ma­tive years, so we did not want to deny our chil­dren the same ex­pe­ri­ences.

‘I am de­lighted that not only did we cre­ate an event that the com­mu­nity sup­ported but that our ex­pec­ta­tions have been ex­ceeded, as here we are 30 years on and still go­ing.’

Stu­art also gives us some per­sonal thoughts: ‘I am very glad that both my sis­ters, Mairi and Riona, choose to serve on sub­se­quent com­mit­tees, how­ever, my fam­ily ties go back more than 60 years, when my grand­fa­ther, Jimmy Mac­gre­gor, was games sec­re­tary.

‘As a fam­ily, we are ex­tremely proud that this year’s win­ner of the Morvern mile will re­ceive a tro­phy in mem­ory of my grand­fa­ther.

‘I hope that the Morvern games and gala week goes on from strength to strength and that, more im­por­tantly, the whole com­mu­nity en­joys and par­tic­i­pates in this won­der­ful event.’

To mark the 30th year, the com­mit­tee de­cided that the games field would ben­e­fit from a facelift and, with fi­nan­cial sup­port from Morvern Com­mu­nity Trust and Ard­tor­nish Hy­dro Fund, pur­chased new fenc­ing and seat­ing.

July 15 – Highland games and sports. Ju­nior sports com­mence at 10.30am. Of­fi­cial open­ing by the chief­tain at noon fol­lowed by se­nior sports.

Locha­line So­cial Club with en­ter­tain­ment from Rock’n’Reel from 9pm.

July 16 – Duck race, Morvern run, re­gatta and clay shot.

July 17 – Ta­ble tennis tour­na­ment, sand mine tour, bowls.

July 18 – Ori­en­teer­ing, dis­tillery open day, bingo, Highland Hus­sle.

July 19 – Her­itage So­ci­ety walk , church teas, dog agility, yoga, quiz.

July 20 – Highland her­bal walk, Crom­bie shoot­ing, foot­ball, pro­duc­ers’ mar­ket and pool com­pe­ti­tion.

July 21 – Sport­ing fun, rodeo race night, crab catch­ing and MS char­ity day.

July 23 – Ladies’ shinty match and sur­vivors’ dance.

For more de­tails con­tact Riona Whyte on ri­on­awhyte551@gmail. com, 0755 488 5304.

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