Message from the Chairman 2018…

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Hello once more, an update on our preparations for this year’s Games which as you will have noticed from our opening page will be held a little earlier than usual on Saturday, 11th August 2018. The revised date is to accommodate a change to that of the World Piping Competition which is also being held earlier. It would be a poor Highland Games without lots of Pipe Bands!
We changed our marquee for the Highland Dancing Competitions last year and can say with complete confidence that it kept the rain from falling on the dancers; others did get a bit wet. This ensured that this colourful and entertaining element of the Games remained in the main arena throughout the day. Feedback from competitors, spectators and judges has all been very favourable.
The organisers of Bute Fest have opted to move to a new location, at Ettrick Bay on the West Coast of the Island by the sea. In addition to providing them with more space, it avoids any major damage to the playing fields prior to our event. This will mean the return of our children’s facilities and a full catering facility.
This year we have been fortunate to secure the presence of Mr George Hanson as our Chieftain. George is a major building contractor and employer in Rothesay who has been a most valuable supporter of the Games for many years in both financial and material terms.
We will once again be hosting over 20 Pipe Band performances, 240 Highland Dancers, the Heavy Event Competitors, Wrestlers, Junior Athletes and about 200 entrants in the 10K Road Race. So, come and join us and have a tremendous day out with authentic highland entertainment, cold or hot drinks, food, stalls, children’s amusements and the opportunity to make new friends. See you in August!
With very best wishes,

David Anderson

Chairman

Bute Highland Games