Games on!

The Oban Times - - DISTRICTS -

THIS week’s Oban Times is, I would sug­gest, un­ri­valled for its cov­er­age of High­land games tak­ing place at var­i­ous venues across Ar­gyll, the isles and Lochaber.

Over the past week or so, we have had re­porters and pho­tog­ra­phers at these mar­vel­lous sport­ing events at Locha­line, In­ver­aray, Mull, Taynuilt and Kil­choan, and we will be at more.

Thank­fully, the weather has been ex­cel­lent, with warm tem­per­a­tures and some bright sun­shine.

And didn’t the crowds turn out in num­bers to watch fan­tas­tic tra­di­tional sports and other com­pe­ti­tions?

Some peo­ple may see these games as some­thing of an anachro­nism but I would dis­agree fer­vently.

High­land games are an im­por­tant part of our cul­ture and her­itage and it is sig­nif­i­cant there is such a high level of in­ter­est among the pub­lic, as is man­i­fest by the large at­ten­dances.

As ever, I am a huge ad­mirer of the self­less souls who toil away be­hind the scenes to make sure these fab­u­lous games are staged in the first place.

With­out them, these events would not take place.

Nor, it must be said, would they hap­pen with­out the gen­er­ous spon­sors who pro­vide the nec­es­sary fi­nan­cial back­ing.

I tip my tile to all of you.

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