Rain fails to dampen spirits at Glengarry Highland Games

Chieftain Rachna Narang declares the Games open with the support of her neices. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos.

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As the oldest recorded Highland Games anywhere in the world, the Glengarry event made a welcome return to the now extensive ‘circuit’ after the pandemic, which put paid to any such activity for a few years, writes Iain Ferguson.

The games were officially opened by Chieftain Rachna Narang who gave a speech of
welcome flanked by her two nieces, peering out from her Highland dress while trying to stay out of the rain.

Rachna was presented with the Chieftain’s Cromag and given brief instruction in its use by long-term announcer Eric MacKenzie.

Secretary Ross Lyn said he and the committee were delighted at the success of the event with a good attendance, despite the rain, and lots of attractions on the field and stalls.

Most of the traditional heavy events went ahead but the caber tossing and tug-o-war were cancelled because of wet conditions underfoot and potential damage to the surface of the shinty park.

Highland dancers were lucky enough to have a marquee over their stage, which
enabled them to carry on unaffected by the weather, with their bright outfits adding
welcome colour amidst the grey skies.

Colour, too, was a feature of the children’s races with many of the youngsters taking part having visited the face painting stall run by Invergarry Primary School.

Come-and-try sword fighting and axe throwing were popular and Hamish the unicorn, whose pink and blue pastel colours seemed to be water resistant, was also a great hit with the children and adult admirers who stopped to pat him.

The fun dog show attracted 35 entries with not one difficulty or spat between the four legged friends.

Ross said: ‘The committee thanks the volunteers who helped set up before and those who worked tirelessly on the day. Four of our regular committee members were not able to help, mainly as a result of Covid. More volunteers would definitely be welcome.

‘The event is clearly growing in popularity and without our generous sponsors, we
would not be able to run this event and keep entry prices accessible for everyone.

‘Thank you to them. Now work begins to plan and prepare for next year.’