Servant family look forward to celebration games

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For more than 150 years, generations of local families and thousands of visitors have enjoyed the grand occasion that is Taynuilt Highland Games.

And with the sesquicentennial celebrations fast approaching, the Servant family have more to celebrate than most this year.

Matriarch of the clan Jessie will signal the official start of this year’s 150th event in her role as chieftain of the games.

Supported by her daughter Lorna, son Andrew, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Jessie is looking forward to this year’s extra special event despite being slightly apprehensive to start with.

‘I can’t actually remember saying yes when I was asked,’ she told us. ‘I must have done, though, because here I am, and it’s a great honour to be doing it.’

Lorna and Andrew, who are both on the games committee, were so convinced their mum would turn down the offer that the pair of them dodged out of asking her.

‘I was convinced she would say no,’ said Lorna, a payroll and HR worker with Argyll College.

‘We’re glad she didn’t though. The whole family have been involved in the games in some way or other since we were small.

‘Our late dad, Leslie, was involved in the games for more than 40 years and held the positions of treasurer and chairman during that time.

‘We have so many happy memories of the event so it is lovely that mum will be starting it this year.’

Deer stalker Andrew, a multiple past winner of the local heavy trophy, added: ‘Our family, along with many others, have enjoyed the games for many, many years and we hope future generations will too.

‘They have everything that makes a good day out and the committee have gone the extra mile this year to make sure our 150th anniversary is something special.’

This year’s event will take place on Saturday July 20 and, as well as featuring the traditional heavy events, foot racing, Highland dancing and pipe band competitions, will include a primary school athletics league competition for the first time.

Around 2,000 people are expected to descend on the village for the anniversary games to experience the fun and culture that has kept the games so popular for over 150 years.

Turn to the sports section for a preview of the 2019 junior games circuit athletics events.