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Gourock Highland Games 2017

Gourock Highland Games, now in its 61st year, is celebrating its second year in its new home at Battery Park.   It will take place on Sunday 14th May and starts at 12 noon. The event is free and everyone is welcome.GHG17 banner

The Games, which have historically been held at Gourock Park, will now take place permanently in nearby Battery Park which sits on the banks of the Clyde and straddles Gourock and Greenock.

The Gourock Highland Games is the first games on the Scottish calendar and is considered the first run out for many pipe bands across Scotland before the major championships.

The event includes pipe band championships, traditional highland games and heavy weight events, the West of Scotland Highland Dance Championships and junior highland games involving local school children.  There will be fair ground rides, children’s activities, vintage fire engines and a wide selection of food on offer.  Together with local and community stalls, there will be something for everyone.

The Games open to the public at 12 noon and hopefully the wonderful weather of 2016 will be repeated.  The Chieftain, Douglas Rae MBE will open the games and the various activities will commence.  The pipe band championships take place throughout the afternoon, there are a number of trophies to be won and people travel from all over Scotland to take part.

The Highland Dancing will show displays from all age groups.  This is the West of Scotland Dance Championships so competition is tough. Come along and support the local girls and boys.

The heavy weight events will start at 1245pm and will display the traditional games, including putting the stone etc and finish at approx. 4pm with Tossing the Caber.  There will be an opportunity for members of the public to try their hand and show off their skills.  The local school children’s mini games will take place in the Astroturf pitches from 12 noon.

The afternoon finishes at 1730 with a march past of the pipe bands. We hope it will be a great day for all.