Z/Archived – Chairman 2017 – David Anderson – New Year Message

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

The most important of these has been sourcing a solution to the problem of retaining the dancers within the Arena. There is absolutely no doubt that the absence of the 240 young people and their supporters created a major void last year that must not be repeated.  To this end we have been investigating means of ensuring that the safety of the dancers is not compromised in any way whilst at the same time being consistent with improved platforms that are functional in wet weather.  We are confident that this is achievable and everything will be in position for this year’s Games.

Questions have been asked on our financial position following last year’s lower gate receipts.  Over many years the Games’ Committee has used surplus funds to build up a reserve which has enabled us to absorb the £5,000 loss in 2016 and to fund the improvements already in hand to resolve the problems caused by the heavy rain.  In doing so I can assure you that there are no plans to increase any of our prices this summer.

Furthermore, I am delighted to report the improvements to the 10K Road Race introduced last year all worked perfectly and were well received by the athletes. We are really grateful to the Bute Family Charitable Trust for their kind and generous grant towards the additional costs involved, in a financially taxing year their support really counted.

Looking to the future, we should shortly have more information on our 70th Anniversary Games, to be celebrated this year, and I will keep you informed as developments are finalized.

That said at this stage we are extremely delighted to announce that Major General Mark Strudwick CBE, KStJ, has very kindly consented to officiate as our Honorary Chieftain for 2017.   I have known Mark Strudwick for about 40 years, both when we were soldiers together and thereafter when we were jointly associated with the Palace of Holyrood House.  It gave me tremendous pleasure when he accepted my invitation to be our Chieftain this year, particularly since he is a great fan of pipe bands and Bute Highland Games is privileged to be hosting this year’s RSPBA Glasgow & West of Scotland Championship, an event I know that will be a real treat for our presiding Chieftain.

Do contact us if you wish to find out more about our Games and please plan to join us on Saturday, 19th August 2017.

Yours ever,

David Anderson

Chairman

Bute Highland Games