New president for Gathering

Peter Fraser (left) and David Geddes are pictured.
Peter Fraser (left) and David Geddes are pictured.

A new face will welcome the Royal family to the Braemar Gathering this year.

David Geddes has taken over as president of Braemar Royal Highland Society from John Duff, who has stood down after five years in the role.

Mr Geddes’ family has a long association with the Society. His grandfather, Joseph Grant, and his great uncle, John Grant, between them, racked up a total of 50 years as secretary.

Uncle, Alastair MacGregor was president for many years, his cousin the late Mike Grant was instrumental in restarting the hill race in 1979, another cousin is piping convenor and another, trustee of the Society.

Previously vice-president, he is looking forward to the fresh challenge.

“As the Society moves towards its 200th year in 2015, it is a great honour to be entrusted with this position,” he said. “Arrangements for this year’s Gathering are well underway and we are looking forward to the visit of the Atholl Highlanders on September 3, always a great spectacle.”

The Braemar Gathering marks the culmination each year of the games season and the award of the Glenfiddich championship to the best heavyweight athlete.

Mr Geddes said: “Our sponsors make it possible for the games to continue to entertain visitors in the traditional way and we are grateful for the support they give to the heavies, piping, dancing, pipe bands, hill race, track events and tug of war.”

Peter Fraser has now stepped into the vacated vice-president role.