Message from the Chairman …

_t3a7350-copy-copyFollowing last year’s Games, our first rainy day in over ten events, we have been busy addressing the main issue that came to light as a result of the inclement weather.

As a consequence we are now delighted to be able to confirm that all alterations to the dancing platforms will be concluded in good time for this year’s Games, thereby ensuring the safety of the dancers is not compromised in any way.   This has been achieved thanks to Bute Blacksmiths who, in conjunction with our tentage contractors, have come up with a marquee, complete with transparent sides, capable of covering the whole dance area.  Entries to date from around the world indicate the number of dancers will be much in line with last year’s wonderful total of 240. The result of all this effort is that those coming to our 70th Anniversary Games will be certain to see Highland dancing of a very high standard regardless of the weather.

Last year we introduced improvements to our 10K Road Race made possible by a very generous grant received from the Bute Family Charitable Trust. We really are most grateful to the Trust for confirmation that they will again provide funding to enable us once more to  deliver a professional execution of this event to meet the expectations of the ‘modern day’ athlete.

Those attending our Games regularly may notice a change to the layout of events in the arena this year.  This is as a result that Bute Highland Games, on the occasion of our 70th Anniversary, has been privileged to be selected to host the RSPBA Glasgow & West of Scotland Pipe Band Championships.  A very exciting addition to our programme for 2017!  Accordingly we may need to make changes to where everything takes place within the arena in order to accommodate the extra bands.  We shall publish the final layout on the website closer to the date.

Earlier this year I was delighted to reveal that Major General Mark Strudwick, CBE, KStJ, has very kindly consented to officiate as our Honorary Chieftain for 2017.   I have known him for about 40 years, both when we were soldiers together and thereafter when we were jointly associated with the Palace of Holyrood House.  Therefore, it gave me tremendous pleasure when he accepted my invitation to be our presiding Chieftain this year, particularly since he is a great fan of pipe bands, and will inevitably enjoy the delights that the Glasgow & West of Scotland Pipe Band Championships will undoubtedly offer.

After several years as our website manager, we have to announce, with tremendous regret, that Jacquie Anderson will be standing down from that role.  Jacquie has raised our website to levels that we did not think possible. She has introduced a professional approach to our site and has been quite forceful in ensuring that contributors keep to deadlines!  She will be missed without question, other than by her husband, Ralph, who will be welcoming the crew of their yacht back in time for the summer!  That said, we are delighted to welcome Colin Fulcher as Jacquie’s replacement.  His knowledge of websites, in a professional capacity, will ensure that our own website remains in very capable hands.  Colin is a recent addition to our team and has already impressed everyone with his enthusiasm and determination to contribute toward making our Games the one to come and enjoy.

Do please make Saturday, 19th August 2017, a certain fixture in your summer diary and help us celebrate 70 years of Bute Highland Games.

Yours ever,

David Anderson

 

Chairman

Bute Highland Games