Mearns folk get ready for the 37th Drumtochty Games...

Massed pipes and drums
Massed pipes and drums

The 37th Drumtochty Highland games will take place this Saturday June 22.

Last year’s event had to be cancelled because of the wet weather but the event should go ahead this weekend.

The committee have put together a programme that will include highland dancing, heavy events ,light athletics, hill racing, tug-o-war and piping.

The massed pipe bands is one of the most memorable features of the day and the five local bands will this year be joined by a visiting Australian Pipe Band.

They are also delighted to have Bob Forsyth from OldMeldrum as their chieftain.

Bob was secretary of OldMMeldrum Sports for 25 years and brought many innovative ideas to the games circuit.

He has been a great friend of Drumtochty since its founding and has led the traditional Oldmeldrum visitation over that time and some five years ago introduced the Drum Majors Competition to the Games.

The Games are part of the Grampian Games circuit which ensures that the top athletes, dancers , pipers and tug o war teams attend to collect points for the ongoing leagues.

A competition for coopers in barrel making has also been added. Highland Games are one of the few events that children can compete on the same field as professionals and the committee always include a full programme of childrens and visitors races .

The home baking from the ladies of Auchenblae, which has now an international following, and the beer tent should ensure that Drumtochty is the place to be on Saturday .

The events start at 11 am and the official opening is at 2pm.

The games were first held in 1977 to celebrate the Queen’s Silver Jubilee.

The games will be under the Chairmanship of Bruce Aitken and new Secretary Eleanor Fotheringham.