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Elgin Highland Games set for 2022 revival


By Alistair Whitfield

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Elgin is going to put on a Highland Games next year that people can be really proud about.

The 1979 Elgin Highland Games. Picture: The Northern Scot archive.
The 1979 Elgin Highland Games. Picture: The Northern Scot archive.

That's the aim of organisers who, due to the pandemic, have twice had to cancel their plans to resurrect the event.

A meeting is being held in the Cottar Hoose pub a week next Thursday for anyone interested in making the revived games a success in 2022.

Graham Cornes is one of the team putting together the event which will take place in Cooper Park on July 10.

He said: "It was devastating having to cancel the games last year and we were wary about trying to stage anything this summer.

"But, fingers crossed, the event will be a big success next year.

"We want to put something on for the community after the rubbish couple of years that everyone has had.

"We want it to be something that Elgin can be proud of."

The last Elgin Highland Games were held on the Morriston Road playing fields in 2004.

However, the history of the event stretches back to at least 1880, when 2500 people watched them in a field at Ashgrove.

Graham has been a regular on the Highland Games circuit as a member of Elgin's tug of war team.

Three other members of the team – Bob and Jamie Wiseman plus Ross Houghton – are also heavily involved in staging the event next year.

Graham said: "Elgin is the biggest town in Moray and yet we don't have our own Games.

"It's time that was put right.

"Anybody that can help in any way is more than welcome to come along to the meeting next week."

The meeting is being held from 7pm onwards at the Cottar Hoose on Thursday, October 21.

Related article: Highland Games return to Elgin


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