Rosneath Peninsula Highland Gathering on Sunday 14th July

All systems are go and all fingers are crossed for the 2013 Rosneath Peninsula Highland Gathering, to be held at the Howie Park, tomorrow, Sunday 14th July.

As usual events begin first thing in the morning with the solo pipers getting their competition underway. As Rosneath hosts the biggest and most prestigious solo piping event on the calendar, it takes all day to get through the 130 plus entrants – a feast for the ears. Then comes the start of the highland dancing contests under the auspices of the Margaret Rose School of Dance.

At midday, the officials – including games Chair, Councillor Robert MacIntyre and this year’s Chieftain ,Colonel Donald Ross OBE, will gather in the village to lead the parade to the Games Field for the official opening.

This heralds the start of the traditional heavy events, with all the usual challenges being tackled by a field of heavy professionals including visiting athletes from around the world.

The programme also features cycling and track events as well as the gruelling Clach Mackenny hill race – open to all comers and flatly NOT for the faint hearted.

On the field, a huge array of stalls and sideshows will provide family entertainment – from the usual fairground attractions to stalls selling crafts, leather goods, jewellery and a delicious range of foody delights from fresh made pizzas to smoothies and top class coffee.

There will of course be the ever popular beer tent for adults and a great come-along-and-try-it sports event for youngsters – who can also try walking on water in a giant ‘hamster ball’ or test their head for heights on the bungee trampoline. Oh to be young again – and smaller.

Braver and bigger people can try their hand at the Manhood Stone challenge [have they really thought about the naming of this one?] – which involves picking up and holding a very heavy stone for as long as possible. There will be prizes. The issue will be whether they have any strength left to pick them up.

This year the Games have had sponsorship from Awards for All and the Rosneath Castle Caravan Park and organisers are grateful to them for their support.

Entry to this spectacular costs £5 for adults, £2 for children, £3 for senior citizens; and a family ticket comes in at £10.

Fiona Howard

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