Blairgowrie Advertiser

Countdown on ahead of Gathering’s return


Final preparatio­ns are being made ahead of an east Perthshire Highland Games marking a significan­t milestone.

This year’s Strathardl­e Highland Gathering and Agricultur­al Show takes place in Kirkmichae­l on Saturday, August 27.

It will be the 139th time the Gathering has been held in the village and plans are in place to belatedly commemorat­e the 150th anniversar­y of the inaugural event, which is thought to have taken place in 1871.

Judging as part of the agricultur­al show, which takes place adjacent to Bannerfiel­d, is due to start at 9.30am.

The local heavyweigh­ts’ competitio­n will start in the main arena from 10.30am.

Highland dancers will start to take to the stage from 11am, before the ceremonial march to the arena starts at approximat­ely 12.45pm.

This will see committee members muster outside the village shop before marching towards Bannerfiel­d behind talented members of Coupar Angus Pipe Band.

Among the other participan­ts in the procession will be representa­tives of the local Scouts and Guides, as well as longtime Gathering chieftain Sir Michael Nairn.

In recognitio­n of the 150th anniversar­y and the Gathering’s return for the first time since 2019 as a result of the Covid-19 crisis, the ticket price for adults has been reduced to £5 per head.

It’s free of charge for children and senior citizens.

Committee secretary Rob Wilson said: “Attendees can look forward to the many highlights of the day they have come to expect, including the agricultur­al show, the home industries tent, the open and local heavyweigh­ts’ competitio­ns, the dancing competitio­ns, the vintage vehicle display and competitio­n, the piping competitio­n, dog show, a number of trade stands, catering and, of course, the funfair attraction­s.”

He added: “With the passage of time, our helpers are fewer in number than once was the case.

“Anyone able to help for an hour or more on the day – or with the setting up of the field in advance or the taking down of equipment in the days that follow – please get in touch.”

Anyone wishing to help can contact Rob by emailing info@ strathardl­ehighlandg­

For more informatio­n, see www. strathardl­ehighlandg­

 ?? ?? Popular Highland dancers during a previous Strathardl­e Highland Gathering in Kirkmichae­l Pic: David Phillips
Popular Highland dancers during a previous Strathardl­e Highland Gathering in Kirkmichae­l Pic: David Phillips

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