Glasgow games spark interest in Airth event

Airth Highland Games is expecting record numbers
Airth Highland Games is expecting record numbers

Australian sports fans will get a chance to see what traditional Scottish games are all about when news crews from Down Under descend on Airth Highland Games tomorrow.

The popular event, now in its 143rd year, is receiving record amounts of attention this year as tourists from home and abroad head to the Commonwealth Games.

Last year, 3000 visitors attended Airth’s games, but organisers believe a boost from the 2014 sports spectacular will see their numbers jump.

Emma Gillanders, treasurer of Airth Highland Games Committee, said: “We have been more pro-active this year to try to capitalise on the Commonwealth Games.

“Because of our proximity to Glasgow, we’ve seen a substantial increase in levels of interest.

“People want to experience traditional games too.

“If you Google ‘Highland Games’, we come up first, and we’re also on Trivago to advertise the event.

“The Australian Broadcasting Company is coming and its breakfast show presenter wants to sample some events.

“A journalist from the ‘Sydney Morning Herald’ is also coming and ‘BBC Sport’ will also be filming a programme.”

Hotelier Steven McLeod has been chosen as this year’s chieftain to oversee events from Highland dancing to caber tossing.

Gates open at North Green Park at 10 a.m. for a 1 p.m. start.

Admission is £6 for adults, £5 for students, £3 for children and concessions, while under fives and Airth OAPs go free.