Message from the Chairman 2018…

Greetings from Buteful Bute!!!

Thank you for logging on to our Highland Games website.

Change can often be a good thing, and this year we are indeed ringing some changes.

Firstly, we have changed our date  to 11th August (possibly for one year only).

In addition to this, we have arranged for Bluebird K7 to be on display within the Games stadium during the day.

Many visitors may recall that Donald Campbell, CBE was a British speed record breaker, who broke eight world speed records on water and on land during the 1950’s and 1960’s. He remains  the only person to set both world land and water speed records during the same

year (1964).

Tragically, Donald Campbell died in a spectacular crash on Coniston Water in the Lake District, on 4th January, 1967; while attempting to break his own world water speed record in Bluebird K7.

The wreck of Bluebird K7 was subsequently raised from the accident site during 2000 and 2001, and since that time has undergone a programme of rebuilding and renovation, under the leadership of Bill Smith.

It is intended that, following Bute Highland Games, Bluebird K7 will be taken to Loch Fad in Rothesay for water trials. We are immensely proud to be associated with this project and we welcome Bill Smith and his team to Bute Highland Games.

I was both honoured and delighted to be elected as Chairman of Bute Highland Games this year. This is my third spell as Chairman and it has also given me great pleasure that George Hanson was selected as our Honorary Chieftain for 2018. George is a successful local businessman and he and I are both Brandanes (that means we were born on Bute). We have both married local girls and have always lived on the island – we are indeed proud to be part of this Bute community!

Games day will be packed with events for the entertainment of our visitors – Pipe Band competitions, Bute Championship Highland Dancing, traditional style Wrestling, a tremendous 10K Road Race and a super Heavy Events Championship.

In addition, we will have trade stalls, kiddies attractions, onfield catering and refreshments.

Modern Highland Games have been taking place on Bute for more than 70 years now and they are the highlight of Bute’s summer events. This is my 40th year on the organisingcommittee and, during that time, I have worked with many extremely dedicated volunteers, who give so much of their time and energy to make such a successful event. There has been a great deal of hard work to bring you our Highland Games, but a great deal of fun also!

I very much hope that you may decide to join us on the 11th August.

With very best wishes,

Douglas Lyle

Chairman

Bute Highland Games