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All set for great day at Glenisla Gathering


The 151st annual gathering of the Glenisla Highland and Friendly Society will take place on Friday, August 19, at the Haugh at Forter.

One of the most traditiona­l Highland Games in the calendar, Glenisla attracts not only locals but competitor­s and spectators from all over the world.

The gathering features heavy events, piping competitio­ns, dancing – with the Highland fling competitio­n sponsored by Nora Meikle – and children’s races.

The Mount Blair Hill Race will see runners compete to beat the record time, which has been held since 1992, in an event which will once again be sponsored by Clan MacThomas.

There will be stalls selling merchandis­e and locally-produced goods, as well as a number of activities and challenges for both children and adults.

There will also be a bar and catering by Lee Wright.

Organisers thanked the sponsors and volunteers who support the event.

Marlyn McInnes, secretary for Glenisla Games, said: “It has been a difficult two years for everyone but we are hopeful that we can have a great Games Day and a welcome get-together at the Haugh once again this year.

“We know that competitor­s in the Highland dancing, the piping and the heavyweigh­t competitio­ns are keen to get back in the field this year after two years away and we’ve already received a lot of enquiries regarding entry for the various events.

“We are hoping for a good turnout again this year and are looking forward to a great return to the field.

“And, of course, we’re keeping our fingers crossed for good weather.”

Entrance to the Games is £7, with under-14s and parking free.

The full programme is available at www.glenislahi­ghlandgame­s.

Following the Games there is a dance at Glenisla Village Hall, with music from the John Burns Duo.

Traditiona­l dress is appreciate­d but not essential.

 ?? ?? Games day Glenisla Gathering, pictured in 2018, is one of the most traditiona­l. Pic: Clare Damodaran
Games day Glenisla Gathering, pictured in 2018, is one of the most traditiona­l. Pic: Clare Damodaran

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