Games attract a bumper crowd
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.