High praise and thanks for Mull games stal­warts

The Oban Times - - NEWS - LOUISE GLEN lglen@oban­times.co.uk

MULL High­land Games is con­sid­ered by many to have one of the best nat­u­ral am­phithe­atres in Scot­land – and this year did not dis­ap­point.

While the grass was a lit­tle soft in ar­eas due to tor­ren­tial rain the evening be­fore, the joy of the games was ev­i­dent in the num­ber of com­peti­tors who took part and the abil­ity to chal­lenge ex­ist­ing records. A good num­ber of com­peti­tors took part in all events.

In com­mem­o­ra­tion of the 70th year of the Scot­tish High­land Games As­so­ci­a­tion, cer­tifi­cates of ap­pre­ci­a­tion were given to stal­warts of the High­land games on Mull. Quar­ter­mas­ter Alas­tair I Ma­clean MBE, Wil­liam MacCal­lum MBE and Alec Liv­ing­stone re­ceived awards from the Mull games pres­i­dent, An­drew Alexan­der Kain, along­side hered­i­tary chief­tain Sir Lach­lan Ma­cLean of Duart and Morvern, chief of the Clan Ma­cLean.

Honorary chair­man Wil­liam Hume QFSM said thank you to ev­ery­one who helped make the games what they were.

He said: ‘It was a su­perb day. Real thanks to all those peo­ple who are ded­i­cated to the games. We were a bit wor­ried about the weather the night be­fore due to tor­ren­tial rain. But the vol­un­teers pulled out all the stops and man­aged to set up the games field by work­ing well into the night.

‘With­out the vol­un­teers, there would be no games. Huge thanks also go to the spon­sors, the peo­ple who help with the games, stew­ards and judges. A huge thank-you to ev­ery­one who makes the games work for ev­ery­one.’

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Oban High School Pipe Band en­ter­tains the crowds.

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Iona MacKin­lay is pre­sented with her danc­ing tro­phy by Sir Lach­lan Ma­cLean of Duart.

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Jamie Cad­zow about to un­leash the ham­mer.

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The un­der-11 boys dash for the line.

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The girls’ un­der-nine race was a close af­fair.

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The un­der-11 girls sprint to the fin­ish.

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