Airth games return after last year’s downpour

Airth Highland Games return on Saturday after the event was cancelled last year
Airth Highland Games return on Saturday after the event was cancelled last year

A popular summer event is set to return this weekend after last year’s atrocious weather forced it to be called off.

Airth Highland Games, now in its 142nd year, is taking place this Saturday.

The high-profile games were cancelled at the last minute in 2012 after heavy rain soaked the venue and parking facilities.

Now the committee says it’s “raring to go” after a spell of great weather.

Emma Gillanders, treasurer of Airth Highland Games, said: “We’re all set for this year, and we have a full programme of events.

“The great weather means that the park is lovely and dry, so we’re looking forward to it.

“Last year would have been the 141st event, and we missed a few games during the war years, but it’s still 142 years since the event has been established.”

In the line-up this year is the British Open Highland Dancing Championship, the solo piping competition, and the heavy events, which includes tossing the caber and carrying the ‘Smiddy Stane’.

There will also be charity stalls, a refreshments marquee, a funfair and a five-man tug of war contest.

Emma added: “We are also really honoured to have Tony Ford, chairman of East Stirling FC, as our chieftain this year.

“He’s involved in charity fundraising, particularly for Parkinsons, so it’s great to have him involved.”

Gates open at the Wilderness at 9 a.m. with the opening ceremony at 1 p.m.

Admission is £5 for adults and £2 for concessions with the under-fives free.