Fam­ily day out at Games

Event at Meadow Park

West Lothian Courier - - News - Staff reporter

The High­land Games will shortly de­scend on Bath­gate, promis­ing a great day out for the whole fam­ily.

The pop­u­lar event is held at Meadow Park in Bath­gate on Satur­day, May 26 of­fer­ing some­thing for ev­ery­one.

The games open to the pub­lic at 9am, with the High­land danc­ing and solo pip­ing start­ing at 10am. The pipe band com­pe­ti­tions start at 12pm and the heavy sports at 12.30pm. The Cairn­pap­ple Hill Road Race sets off at 2.30pm.

The ex­cite­ment builds the night be­fore, with the March of the Chief­tains pa­rade down f rom Bath­gate town cen­tre to the Meadow Park for an evening of en­ter­tain­ment on Fri­day, May 25.

The pa­rade starts at Bath­gate Steel­yard from 7.30pm and heads up Ge­orge Street Precinct, then along North Bridge Street, South Bridge Street and Glas­gow Road to the Meadow Park.

An of­fi­cial han­dover of the chief­tains will take place be­fore per­for­mances of High­land danc­ing, pip­ing and drum­ming, Scottish po­etry, and both the Net­work se­nior and ju­nior choirs to cel­e­brate the year of youth.

West Loth­ian High­land Games chair­per­son Alex Linkston said: “The 2018 West Loth­ian High­land Games prom­ises to be an­other fan­tas­tic event.

“We will have pipe band and solo pip­ing com­pe­ti­tions, High­land danc­ing, heavy sports such as toss­ing the caber and the chal­leng­ing Weslo Cairn­pap­ple Hill race and much more.”

There will also be a va­ri­ety of other ac­tiv­i­ties and at­trac­tions on the day, in­clud­ing cookery demon­stra­tions, plus var­i­ous food and craft stalls.

Loth­ian Minia­ture Road Steam Club will also be at­tend­ing with a few mini steam en­gines, an at­trac­tion for young and old.

Four West Loth­ian High Schools have par­tic­i­pated in The Great School Bake off, and en­tries will be judged by Truly Scrump­tious of Lin­lith­gow, Tesco Bath­gate and the Games Chief­tain, May Ross.

May (81) from Boghall in Bath­gate has been in­volved in ev­ery as­pect of the games since she joined the com­mit­tee back in the very early 1980s, in­clud­ing help­ing host the Euro­pean Pipe Band Cham­pi­onships.

West Loth­ian High­land Games has re­cent l y launched a new Pa­tron­age scheme, where sup­port­ers can be­come a pa­tron of the games in re­turn for a num­ber of key ben­e­fits.

To keep in touch with up­dates in the build- up to the games, please visit www.west­loth­i­angames. com or fol­low them on so­cial me­dia – search for West Loth­ian High­land Games on Face­book or @ west­loth­i­anHG on Twit­ter.

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