Braemar set for annual Games

Last years Junior Highland Games in full swing.
Last years Junior Highland Games in full swing.

Families, friends, school children and local groups are being encouraged to support the 12th annual Braemar Junior Highland Games, sponsored by Falck Safety Services UK.

The event, which takes place in the Braemar Games Field on Saturday, July 9, will kick off with a performance by the Ballater and Newtonhill Pipe Band. This will be followed by a fun-filled day of traditional Highland dancing, games and competitions, including a tug of war, tossing the caber and throwing the hammer.

Kinnaird Ceilidh Bandwill be performing for the family ceilidh, which will take place on the Saturday evening in the village hall. Open to 160 guests, the organisers will welcome donations on entry and will host a charity auction and raffle with exclusive prizes. All money raised will go towards the funding of the games.

Colin Leyden of Falck Safety Services UK said: “We have been involved in the Braemar Junior Highland Games for four years now and are delighted to be the primary sponsor of the event for the second year running.

“The event last year was a great success and it’s nice to see the community keeping up with annual traditions year after year, especially young children who are given the opportunity to learn more about the traditional sports of Scotland.”

John Kinsella, one of the founders of the event, said: “We are delighted that Falck has once again come on board as the primary sponsor and we are very grateful to businesses that are willing to help out in the community, especially during these challenging times.

“Due to the high calibre of competitors we have witnessed taking part in the games, we will again this year be implementing the intermediate category for competitors aged 16-18. There will be a number of secondary school entrants from the junior games selected to compete in categories as part of the adult highland games, which will consist of five challenging events; the 400m, 800m and hill race, as well as tossing the caber and tossing the stone.

“To maintain the level of success we’ve had over the years, we encourage locals and visitors to get involved, and we really hope groups, families and friends will support us in what is set to be yet another spectacular event.”

Adult admission to the Braemar Junior Highland Games is £5 and only £2 for children (under 17), which can be purchased at the gate.

For more info visit www.braemarjuniorgames.com or the event’s Facebook page.