Games at­tract a bumper crowd

The Oban Times - - DISTRICTS -

THIS year’s Lochcar­ron High­land Games at­tracted peo­ple from as far afield as the United States and Europe.

This was the 39th games and a first- class field of com­peti­tors kept the bumper crowd at Attadale Es­tate, Wester Ross, en­thralled with their dis­plays of skills and strength ear­lier this month. The games, spon­sored by The Scot­tish Salmon Com­pany, cel­e­brated Scot­tish danc­ing, tra­di­tional sports, mu­sic and food with visi­tors also get­ting the chance to sam­ple some of SSC’s finest fresh salmon and other Scot­tish del­i­ca­cies.

Visi­tors from the USA, France, Ger­many, Swe­den, Den­mark and the Nether­lands were treated to per­for­mances by lo­cal groups in­clud­ing Lochcar­ron High­land Dancers, Lochalsh Ju­nior Pipe Band and Ul­lapool and Dis­trict Pipe Band.

The flag­ship heavy events saw In­ver’s Ja­son Young dom­i­nat­ing, win­ning seven out of eight events in­clud­ing the Bri­tish Championship 56lb weight over the bar com­pe­ti­tion.

Other high­lights of the day in­cluded Tony Daf­furn, of Wishaw, plac­ing first in the 100m and 200m sprints, long jump and triple jump.

Fin­lay Mur­ray from Tain won the 400m, the Bri­tish Championship 800m and the 1,600m.

The stand­ing long jump was won by An­drew MacGil­livray, of Cal­rossie, while Cody Wells tri­umphed in the hill race. Mau­reen Brown, chair­woman of the Lochcar­ron Games As­so­ci­a­tion, said: ‘Thank you to The Scot­tish Salmon Com­pany for its in­valu­able sup­port. The Lochcar­ron High­land Games are an im­por­tant part of our lo­cal com­mu­nity and it is tremen­dous to have spon­sors who value the tra­di­tion of the games.’

This year Lochcar­ron High­land Games As­so­ci­a­tion raised £ 3,300 to sup­port lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions in­clud­ing the Howard Doris Cen­tre, Lochcar­ron Coastal Row­ing As­so­ci­a­tion, the Guy Fawkes So­ci­ety, Lochcar­ron Writ­ers Group and Lochcar­ron Shinty Club.

One of the heavy events at Lochcar­ron High­land Games.

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