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Highland games event cancelled for 2021


By Chris Saunderson

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A POPULAR Highland Games event planned for summer has been cancelled due to Covid-19.

Cornhill Highland Games was due to take place on Saturday, June 5 but organisers have announced it will not go ahead.

The massed pipe bands enter the arena at Cornhill. Picture: Eric Cormack
The massed pipe bands enter the arena at Cornhill. Picture: Eric Cormack

The volunteer committee made the unanimous decision in respect of ongoing restrictions the pandemic.

Games chairman, James Gregg, said: “It is with much disappointment that we have taken the decision to cancel the 2021 Cornhill Highland Games.

"Despite the positive advances being made with vaccinations, there remains a great deal of uncertainty and unknowns in the months ahead and it was therefore deemed unfeasible to continue with this year’s event.”

He continued: “It takes a great deal of time and planning for our volunteer committee to organise and host the games, and we must be realistic about timescales and the challenges that Covid-19 continues to pose.

"We want to deliver an event that is safe and enjoyable for all to attend and we do not feel that is possible in 2021. The safety and wellbeing of our

volunteers, competitors, attendees and the local community must take priority.”

Organisers will now turn their attention to 2022 to bring together a packed programme of traditional Highland games events, Highland dancing, children’s activities, crafts, stalls and catering.

Highland dancing is one of the popular features of the games. Picture: Eric Cormack
Highland dancing is one of the popular features of the games. Picture: Eric Cormack

Cornhill Highland Games is one of the highlights on the local events calendar, and part of the competition circuit for the Grampian Highland Games Association and Scottish Highland Games Association. Established in 1997, the event draws thousands of visitors from across Scotland and further afield.

The next Cornhill Highland Games will now take place on Saturday, June 4, 2022.


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